Slide Hampton, trombonist and arranger, dies at 89

Slide Hampton, trombonist, composer and arranger, died Dec. 5 in Los Angeles after a short illness. He was 89.

Mr. Hampton played trombone in several New York City orchestras and in Los Angeles with some of the most important trombonists in jazz, including Giorgio Avallone, John Lewis and Pinchas Zukerman.

He received a Grammy for best jazz instrumental composition for “Sauce on My Mind” in 1979 and won two Grammy Awards for albums with Ellington as an arranger.

He also served as music director on “A Charlie Parker Celebration” broadcast on SiriusXM and as a consultant for Frank Sinatra’s late career recording projects.

He was born in Franklin, Ohio, in 1932. He attended Oberlin College, where he graduated in 1947.

He played trombone in the Brooklyn Navy Yard band, studied with bassist John Rutter and trombonist Charlie Haden, and attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He joined the Catskill Jazz Orchestra in 1957.

In addition to trombone, he played in chamber ensembles and performed as a soloist and on film and television soundtracks. He also taught at Juilliard and at Berklee College of Music.

In later years, he continued to play regularly and was the principal trombonist in Josef Gingold’s band.

Among Mr. Hampton’s albums were “Three Colored Teens at a Revolution: Profiles in Concert,” “Arm of the Music” and “The Jazz Trombone Project.”

In addition to his wife of 48 years, Marianne Marsh, he is survived by a son and a daughter.

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