Ted Nash conducts the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra during a presentation of Transformation with Glenn Close and Ted Nash.

(Photo: Frank Stewart)

Actress Close, Reedist Nash Explore ‘Transformation’ at JALC

A few years ago, actress Glenn Close and saxophonist Ted Nash started to toss around ideas for a new collaborative project. They were fresh off the success of Nash’s…

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Lionel Hampton (1908–2002)

(Photo: DownBeat Archives)

Lionel Hampton In Action

Known as the master of the vibes, king of the drums and creator of the two-fingered piano, Lionel Hampton has endeared himself to millions of people throughout the world. But it’s not only his music that has brought about his popularity; it’s his generosity. As far back as 1936, Hampton’s artistry was recognized when DownBeat rated him the most exciting artist of that year. Since that time, Hampton has had more glory heaped upon his humble person until, as Red Skelton recently said, “Hamp’s the greatest exponent of jazz alive today.”

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