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Lionel Hampton
(1908-2002) born on
Apr 20
US swing jazz musician. Hamp was the first to use the vibraharp (vibes) in jazz and known for the rhythmic vitality of his playing; led his own band for 35 years.
         
   
F
Seemed to me that drumming was the best way to get close to God.

R
All art is communication of the artists' ideas, sounds, thoughts; without that no one will support the artist.
A
I'm motivated. The spirit hits me and I just keep going and don't stop. The more I play, the more I can invent, the more ideas come to me.
N
[Jazz] went from the classics to ragtime to Dixieland to swing to bebop to cool jazz, . . . But it's always jazz. You can put a new dress on her, a new hat, but no matter what kind of clothes you put on her, she's the same old broad.
K
The secret is keeping busy, and loving what you do.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Hamp: An Autobiography," 1989.
R: In "New York Journal American," 31 Aug 1965.
A: "Hamp: An Autobiography," 1989.
N: "Hamp: An Autobiography," 1989.
K: On turning eighty, 1988.
   


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