All About Jazz is celebrating Hampton Hawes' birthday today!
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... Read more.Place our Musician of the Day widget on your website or blog.