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Lionel Hampton & Stefon Harris: Hamp and Harris

Lionel Hampton with Stefon Harris

My first encounter with Lionel Hampton occurred 23 years ago. I was six years old, growing up in a single-parent household on the ninth floor of a housing project in Albany, N.Y.-just another kid looking at a world of possibilities, yet with very few opportunities. I remember seeing Lionel Hampton on television, bubbling over with enthusiasm. He was in his prime, full of life, smiling, dancing and apparently having a great deal of fun.

It was an infectious type of fun.

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