[Dixielandjazz] RE: Lionel Hampton

Charlie Hooks charliehooks@earthlink.net
Sat, 31 Aug 2002 15:21:17 -0500

on 8/31/02 2:15 PM, David Livingston at snargi@pacbell.net wrote:

> When I was in High School in the early '80s I was fortunate enough to see
> Mr. Hampton perform at least once a year because he was always the guest
> host at the UofI, Moscow Jazz Festival. The school later changed the name of
> the festival to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. A very gracious man and
> great promoter of jazz music to the younger generations.

    Hamp had a fantastic run, didn't he!  What a great career!  But in the
end, always recalls G.B. Shaws's reputed epitaph: "I knew if I stayed around
long enough, this would happen."  94 swinging years.  We should all be so