Bop Island Jazz Festival Presents
Bop Island Big Band
Celebrating the Music of SLIDE HAMPTON TM
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
The Bop Island Jazz Festival was created out of the love and commitment of a small group of ardent jazz fans. We have three focuses:
The Bop Island Jazz Festival
The Bop Island Big Band
Bop Island Records
The Bop Island Jazz Festival is comprised of a stellar group of musicians and technicians participating in a series of performances at the Woodstock Playhouse. Please join us at this historic venue for world class artists presenting Jazz in an intimate setting.
ABOUT BOP ISLAND BIG BAND:
The Bop Island Big Band is 16 world class jazz and freelance musicians whose mission is to perform and celebrate the best of big band jazz and provide a forum for new works by some of today’s brightest composers and arrangers.
ABOUT SLIDE HAMPTON TM:
Slide Hampton's distinguished career spans decades in the evolution of jazz. At the age of 12 he was already touring the Midwest with the Indianapolis based Hampton Band, led by his father and comprising other members of his musical family. During these tours, Hampton encountered jazz musicians such as J.J. Johnson and Wes Montgomery, who became early influences. By 1952, at the age of 20, he was performing at Carnegie Hall with the Lionel Hampton Band. He then joined Maynard Ferguson's band, playing trombone and providing exciting charts on such popular tunes as "The Fugue," "Three Little Foxes," and "Slide's Derangement."
As his reputation grew, he soon began working with bands led by Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Harris, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, and Max Roach, again contributing both original compositions and arrangements. In 1962, he formed the Slide Hampton Octet, which included stellar horn players Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard, and George Coleman. The band toured the U.S. and Europe and recorded on several labels.
From 1964 to 1967, he served as music director for various orchestras and artists. Then, following a 1968 tour with Woody Herman, he elected to stay in Europe, performing with other expatriates such as Benny Bailey, Kenny Clarke, Kenny Drew, Art Farmer, and Dexter Gordon. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1977, he began a series of master classes at Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, De Paul University in Chicago, and Indiana University. During this period he formed the illustrious World of Trombones: an ensemble of nine trombones and a rhythm section.
In 1989, with Paquito D'Rivera, he was musical director of Dizzy's Diamond Jubilee, a year-long series of celebrations honoring Dizzy Gillespie's 75th birthday. Hampton's countless collaborations with the most prominent musicians of jazz were acknowledged by the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Arrangement with a Vocalist for Dee Dee Bridgewater's recording "Cotton Tail." In 2005, he received the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement on The Vanguard Orchestra's album The Way with recording "Past, Present, and Future." Most recently, he is leading his own big band "The Slide Hampton Big Band." A charismatic figure, master arranger, and formidable trombonist, Hampton holds a place of distinction in the jazz tradition.
Slide Hampton continues to write and perform in Orange, NJ where he currently resides. www.SlideHamptonMusicPublishing.com