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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.
Seemed to me that drumming was the best way to get close to God.

All art is communication of the artists' ideas, sounds, thoughts; without that no one will support the artist.
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.
[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.
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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