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Raise Up Off Me: A Portrait of Hampton Hawes


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ISBN13: 9781560253532
ISBN10: 1560253533
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Hampton Hawes [1928–1977] was one of jazz's greatest pianists. Among his peers from California the self-taught Hawes was second only to Oscar Peterson. At the time of his celebration as New Star of the Year by downbeat magazine (1956), Hawes was already struggling with a heroin addiction that would lead to his arrest and imprisonment, and the interruption of a brilliant career. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy granted Hawes an Executive Pardon. In eloquent and humorous language Hampton Hawes tells of a life of suffering and redemption that reads like an improbable novel. Gary Giddins has called it "a major contribution to the literature of jazz." This book includes a complete discography and eight pages of photographs.

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VioletLeigh, November 28, 2010 (view all comments by VioletLeigh)
Hampton Hawes was a personal friend of mine and I actually saw the JFK Presidential Pardon. Hamp was also going to obtain one from the State of California and he spoke to the man often, as they had become friends. Hampton Hawes was an amazing pianist and was such fun to hang with because he would play for me and accompany me when I sang with instructional commentary as we went along. He introduced me to his friend and colleague Phineas Newborn, Jr., and they were both recording for Contemporary Records at the time. I took Phineas out to play one night at the Baked Potato and had to beg Don Randi several times to let him play. I hung with Phineas and then took him back to Donte's where both of us hung with Hamp until early morning. Hamp died way before his time and I still think of him today. He was a handsome fellow who attracted women all the time. RIP, Hamp.
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Hawes, Hampton
Asher, Don
Introduction by:
Giddins, Gary
Giddins, Gary
Giddins, Gary
Da Capo Press
New York
People of Color
United states
Composers & Musicians - Jazz
Jazz musicians
Genres & Styles - Jazz
cultural heritage
Jazz musicians -- United States.
Hawes, Hampton
Biography-Composers and Musicians
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Trade Paper
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no. 32
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16 photos
8.25 x 5.5 in 9 oz

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