Lionel Hampton, 1908-2002
Lionel Hampton died today after more than sixty years of making music. Hamp played in many great bands as a leader, and with fellow jazz icons such as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, and Charles Mingus. He started on the drums, a pioneer of stick-twirling flourishes, and took up vibes while drumming in Armstrong's band in 1930. The New York Times has his obituary.
Photo from the International Association for Jazz Education's NEA Jazz Masters bio of Hamp.