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Slide Hampton To Lead ‘Salute To Antonio Carlos Jobim’ In The Berrie Center At Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 15, 2000

(Mahwah) — Trombone legend Slide Hampton will bring to life the sounds of Brazil and the music of bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim Friday, December 15 at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Hampton will be backed by an all-star ensemble, including bassist John Lee, vocalist Mauch Adnet, pianist Helio Alves, tenor saxophonist Andres Boiarsky and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca.

A master trombonist, composer, arranger, Grammy-Award winner and teacher, Slide Hampton is a formidable champion of the jazz tradition and an innovative herald of jazz evolution. At the age of 12 he joined the Hampton Band, led by his father, and in 1952, at age 20 he performed at Carnegie Hall. He soon branched out to work in bands led by Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakely, Max Roach, Barry Harris, Maynard Fergusen, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. He played with these ensembles while also composing and arranging music for them, thus contributing to their repertoires. In 1962, he formed the Slide Hampton Octet, with Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard and George Coleman. They toured in the U.S. and Europe and recorded on several labels. Following a 1968 European tour with Woody Herman, Slide took up residence in Europe to perform in festivals, clubs, television and radio where he teamed up with other expatriates like Kenny Clarke, Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Kenny drew and Benny Bailey.

Upon his return to the U.S. in 1977, he began a series of master classes at such institutions as Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, DePaul University and Indiana University. His goal was not only to inspire his students to bring their entire selves to their vocation, but to guide them in discovering the disciplined tradition and social history of the unique American art form known as jazz.

Hampton and his World of Trombones, comprised of nine trombones and a rhythm section, performed and recorded to great critical acclaim. In 1989, along with Paquito D’Rivera, Hampton was the musical director of Dizzy Gillespie’s Grammy-Award winning United Nations Orchestra. In 1990, he collaborated with Gillespie as the arranger and conductor of the maestro’s first original score for a feature film, The Winter in Lisbon. In 1992, Hampton was invited to be the musical director of Dizzy’s Diamond Jubilee, a yearlong series of celebrations honoring Gillespie’s 75th birthday. In 1998, his colleagues awarded him the Grammy Award for “Best Jazz Arrangement with a Vocalist.” Currently, Hampton is the musical advisor to the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, featuring artists such as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Betty Carter and Vanessa Williams.

In the late ’50s, Jobim, poet Vinicius de Moraes and vocalists Joao Gilberto and Nara Ledo created a distilled form of the samba known as the bossa nova (new thing). Jobim’s haunting score for the movie Black Orpheus garnered him worldwide fame and in 1962 he recorded Jazz Samba with guitarist Charlie Byrd and tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, which established the bossa nova’s popularity in the U.S. For the next three decades Jobim collaborated with many well-known jazz figures, including Ron Carter, and orchestra leaders such as Nelson Riddle. He also worked with Frank Sinatra and, shortly before his death in 1994, recorded with Sting on his last recording, Brasiliero.

The Sharp Theater is located in Ramapo College’s Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. Tickets are: $15 general admission; $10 seniors; $5 students. For more information, please call (201) 684-7888.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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