Lionel Hampton, born April 20, 1908
Lionel Leo Hampton was an American jazz vibraphonist, probably best known for his work in the swing era, though he’s played with a plethora of jazz musicians in many different jazz styles. Along with Red Norvo, Hampton was one of the first jazz vibraphone players. He gained great recognition as part of Benny Goodman’s Trio and Quartet which were among the first racially integrated jazz groups to record and play before wide audiences.
Lionel Hampton died of congestive heart failure at age 94 on August 31, 2002.