6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$25 pp prepaid online tickets $30 pp at door $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
The New Hampton Band is comprised mainly of musicians who played with Lionel Hampton himself. The Lionel Hampton Estate, eager to have the Big Band reactivate, granted permission in March of 2015 to launch the new Lionel Hampton Big Band featuring Jason Marsalis, with Christian Fabian, Cleave Guyton Jr and Lance Bryant as co-leaders.
Jason Marsalis (here, here and here) is the youngest member of the renowned Marsalis Jazz family: his father Ellis, his brothers Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo.
The co-leaders of the Band all played with Lionel Hampton: Cleave Guyton Jr (here, here and here), Lance Bryant (here and here) and Christian Fabian (here, here and here).
Lance was the Lionel Hampton Orchestra Musical Director and Principal Arranger, Cleave was the last Musical Director of the Band, and Christian remains the Bass Chair of the last Big Band led by Lionel Hampton.
The Band has been playing to sold-out shows from New York to California, with audiences clamoring for encores, and clubs asking the Band back. Everyone who hears the Band is excited and inspired by the music, from 21-year old Asian students to 94-year-old jazz aficionados:
“Even though I had never heard any of these songs before, I felt like I was watching the real Lionel Hampton Big Band…the songs also made me want to get up and start dancing”— Marco Iuele
“Just saw these guys tear it up at Yoshi’s last night—amazing!!!”—Adam Reed Wiscomb
“Yall killed it in Oakland!!! Thank you guys soooooo much! Really, really great!!!!!!!!”—Howard Wiley