When you begin to list the greatest American Jazz percussionists of all time, near the top of that list has to be the great Vibe the harpist and drummer Lionel Hampton.
In a career that began in the 1920s, when he was a teenager, Lionel Hampton rose to primnence in the jazz community, playing alongside such names as Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman.
Later, Hampton became a bandleader himself.
He wrote a memoir in 1989, and that’s what I met him
So here now, from 1989, the great Lionel Hampton.
Lionel Hampton died in 2002. He was 94.