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Name: Lionel Hampton                                                               
Birth name: Lionel Leo Hampton                                                     
Also known as "Hamp", "Mad Lionel"                                                 
Born: 20 April 1908 Birmingham, Alabama or Louisville, Kentucky, USA               
Died: 31 August 2002                                                               
Genre(s): Swing, Big band, Mainstream jazz, New York blues                         
Occupation(s): Multi-instrumentalist, Singer, Actor, Composer                     
Instrument(s): Vibraphone, Drums, Piano, Vocals                                   
Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908-August 31, 2002), was an American jazz         
vibraphonist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Like Red Norvo, he was one of   
the first real jazz vibraphone players. "Hamp" ranks among the great names in     
jazz history, having worked with a who's who of jazz musicians, from Benny         
Goodman and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker and Quincy Jones.