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jazz Lionel Hampton Orchestra Live at The Opera, Liège Sonuma Archives 1959

Sonuma Archives 1959

Lionel Hampton Orchestra Live at The Opera, Liège Sonuma Archives 1959


In the late 50s big band jazz was still the hottest ticket around for European audiences and nobody was better at rallying a troupe, or seducing a crowd, than the one-and-only Lionel Hampton. He’d made his name in the 30s, playing with the likes of Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman, before establishing himself as a giant of the genre in the 40’s and taking names like Quincy Jones, Dinah Washington, Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie under his wing. For this pioneering vibraphonist, pianist and composer, there were few noteworthy characters that he didn’t end up influencing.

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  • Lionel Hampton | Bandleader , Vibraphonist
  • Leon Zachery | Alto saxophonist
  • Bobby Plater | Clarinetist, Alto saxophonist
  • Lonnie Shaw | Tenor/baritone saxophonist
  • Andy McGhee | Tenor/baritone saxophonist
  • Louis Blackburn | Trombonist
  • Wade Marcus | Trombonist
  • Larry Wilson | Trombonist
  • Eddie Williams | Trumpeter
  • Art Hoyle | Trumpeter
  • Eddie Mullens | Trumpeter
  • Dave Gonzales | Trumpeter
  • Oscar Dernard | Pianist
  • Billy Mackel | Guitarist
  • Julius Browne | Double bassist
  • Wilbert Hogan | Drummer
  • Cornelius “Pinocchio” James | Singer
  • Claude Misonne | Movie director


  • Lionel Hampton, The Chase (Part I and II)
  • Lionel Hampton, Brussel Sprouts
  • Lionel Hampton, Sticks Ahoy
  • Lionel Hampton, Gladys
  • Lionel Hampton / Dimitri Tiomkin, The High And The Mighty
  • Lionel Hampton, Hamp's Piano Blues
  • Lionel Hampton, History Of Jazz
  • Lionel Hampton, Hot Club Blues
  • Jack Palmer / Spencer Williams / Lionel Hampton, I Found A New Baby


  • Venue: Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège (Liège, Belgium)
  • Production date: 1959
  • Recording date: 1959
  • Duration: 58 min
  • Production: © Sonuma
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