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Live at Shelly's Manne Hole L.A.

Hampton Hawes, Shelly Manne, Ray Brown, Bob Cooper


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November 13, 1928 May 22, 1977


Pianist Hampton Hawes was born on November 13, 1928 in Los Angeles, California.

The self-taught pianist joined the Howard McGhee Quintet, then featuring Charlie Parker, at 19. His 1950s recordings are among the finest examples of early West Coast bebop.

Hawes is the author of the 1974 memoir Raise Up Off Me, a seminal piece of jazz literature.

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.

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


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