PAULA HAMPTON

This Drummer/Vocalist is a rarity in the field of jazz. But then, Paula Hampton is the heir to a rare musical heritage. Ms. Hampton’s illustrious career began at a very early age, when she performed at the famous Cotton Club in Indianapolis, Indiana with her uncles’ band. Known as “The Hampton Family Band,” their extensive national tour culminated in a classic ‘battle of the bands’ pitting them against another famous Hampton -- her uncle, the late Lionel Hampton. Ms. Hampton is proof that talent runs in families, hers having a show business history dating as far back as the days of “Black Vaudeville” to present day. In popular music, you hear her aunt, Dawn Hampton, (composer/vocalist); in jazz, her acclaimed Uncle, Slide Hampton (trombonist, arranger); and her mother, Aletra, who leads her own group, The “Hampton Sisters” of in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Ms. Hampton is a member of an elite group of female drummers who have had extensive instrumental training. Her studies also included vocal instruction with composer/arranger Brook Benton and Belford “Sinky” Hendricks.

Ms. Hampton’s New York experience began with performances with the great bassist, Milt Hinton. She also had the good fortune to perform with famed trumpeter Howard McGee for a number of years.

Her talents have taken her around the world, performing with pianist Amina-Claudine Myers; vocalist Evelyn Blakey and her group, “Celebration”; touring Europe in 1985 with a show entitled “Late Great Ladies of Jazz and Blues,” featuring vocalist/actress Sandra Reaves-Phillips; and recording and performing with vocalist Dakota Staton. In addition, Ms. Hampton toured with vocalist and pianist e Jenkins and bassist the late Alain DuBois performing at the famous Schweizerhof Hotel in Bern, Switzerland.

Ms. Hampton has also led her own band and played at innumerable venues in and around the metropolitan New York and tri-state area. Her talents do not stop with the traps -- she made her cabaret debut in the acclaimed revue “Life is What?” where she received rave reviews from The New York Post. She is the recipient of the coveted Bistro Award from Backstage Magazine.

“The jewel in my professional crown was having the honor to sing ‘Stardust’ at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City.”

Ms. Hampton is currently performing and touring with her group, Jazzberry Jam!, an all women’s band, and is continually called upon to record with renowned musicians.