Billy Mackel

January 10, 2010

Nicolai Foss

Billy Mackel’s claim to fame is essentially that he was “Lionel Hampton’s guitarist,” for about 30 years after joining Hamp in 1944. Mackel’s simple, robust and hard-swinging style fitted the bandleader’s approach very well. Here is a site dedicated to Mackel, put together by Mackel’s son, Avon Mackel, and Hans Bebop (!). And here is a representative YouTube clip.

One Response to “Billy Mackel”

  1. Rob Says:

    I was not aware that Billy Mackel played for Lionel Hampton. Wow, 30 years is a long time for such a great soloist to be in the same band. Hampton’s music really swung, thouh, so it’s not as if it was too hard for him.

    Thanks for the info,


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