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A night out at Shelly's Manne Hole Club in L.A., 1970.
Shelly Manne, drums
Ray Brown, bass,
Hampton Hawes, piano
Bob Cooper, saxophone
1. Blues Improvisation
2. Stella By Starlight
One of the great players to come out of Los Angeles, Hampton Barnett Hawes, Jr was born November 13, 1928.
The peak of his career was the 1950s when he was one of the most influential bebop and hard-bop pianists on the scene.
President Kennedy - bless his soul - gave Hawes clemency, freeing him from prison in the early 1960s. Rather than be an informer on other drug users, Hawes chose to remain silent and was given twice the normal term for his offense.
In the 1970s, he was among the first jazz pianists to experiment with electronic instruments.
He learned piano sitting on his mother's lap (the only instruction he ever received) and was already picking out complex tunes at the age of three.
As a teenager he was gigging with Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, and Teddy Edwards.
At 19, he had a gig for eight months with the Howard McGhee Quintet at the Hi De Ho Club, in a group that included Charlie Parker.
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