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50 Golden Years of The Hampton Jazz Festival  

50 Golden Years of The Hampton Jazz Festival  

By Michael P. Curry It was the Summer of 1968. The very first Hampton Jazz Festival was presented (after the idea had been gestating for about a year) on Armstrong Field at (then) Hampton Institute. That first  Festival included performances by  Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Theolonius Monk, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick, Muddy Waters

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