Hawes, Hampton (Bennett)
- Michael Fitzgerald
(b Los Angeles, CA, Nov 13, 1928; d Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 1977). American jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer. Hawes grew up in Los Angeles where his father was a minister and his older sister studied classical piano. In 1947, after high school, he joined Howard McGhee’s quartet in which he played with Charlie Parker. Hawes visited New York City and toured the South before returning to California and joining Red Norvo’s group. He was an active participant in the Central Avenue scene in Los Angeles, working with Dexter Gordon, Teddy Edwards, and Wardell Gray. Early recordings were made with well-known players including Shorty Rogers, Art Pepper, and Howard Rumsey.
His first recordings as a leader were made for the Discovery label shortly before he was drafted into the US Army in 1952, serving in Korea. Back in California, Hawes made a series of LPs for Contemporary Records between ...