May 18, 2021
Darius Hampton is one of the most versatile professionals on the Chicago jazz scene. He studied the saxophone with Charles “Chip” McNeill and Ron Bridgewater and earned his MM in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois. He served as Education Director for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, ran the Louis Armstrong Legacy Program and Celebration and helped to establish the Straight Ahead Jazz Camp with the Jazz Institute of Chicago. He has worked on musical projects with artists such as Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Wycliffe Gordon, Dana Hall, Frank Foster, Garnett Brown, Miguel Zenon, Etienne Charles and many others. He is currently a member of the South Side Big Band and Orquesta Sabor Latino. Darius Hampton released his debut album Hear Me in 2015 and has been recorded on numerous other projects.