Hampton Hawes
Born: 1928

Who Was Hampton Hawes?

Although one rarely hears of Hampton Hawes today he
was a significant presence on the jazz scene in the mid-
50s then again from the mid-60s on until his death in
1977. A direct descendant of bebop who had been
variously classified as “West Coast” and “funk-jazz” or
“rhythm school,” Hawes transcended all these
categories. He was famous for his prodigious right hand,
his deep groove, his very personal playing, his profound
blues conceptions, and his versatility within… Continue

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