The First Lady of Swing

Dawn Hampton made her visit to the UK in May 2001 


She's been performing since she was three back in the thirties, she appeared at Carnegie Hall with her family big band, worked with Spike Lee, written shows and made a CD of her cabaret act. But until May 2001, Dawn Hampton had never been to England. This experience has now been added to a host of others, as she spent ten days enchanting her audiences with talks and master classes.

Dawn Hampton
Miss Dawn Hampton

These pages have been put together In celebration of her visit to this country. For those of you who have not heard of Dawn Hampton, firstly, shame on you, and secondly, read about some highlights of her life in her biography. This was adapted for an article that was included in the Summer 2001 edition of Killer Diller.

So what did she get up to during her brief sojourn? Starting at Jumpin' At The Woodside in Gloucester, she headed south to London where she took in some clubs, attended the show bounce, gave two master classes and presented An Evening With Dawn Hampton. For a full day-by-day account, have a look at her itinery.

The main event of her visit was the Saturday night, which could be spent in the company of one of swing's great raconteurs. It proved to be a highly entertaining evening, covering subjects as diverse as the Savoy Ballroom, her family band, The Spice Girls and even rap music!

What makes Dawn's talks so enjoyable? Her seemingly unending stories that she has accumulated since she first stepped onto a stage are always entertaining. And in most of them there are some great one-liners. So brush up on the Wit and Wisdom of Dawn Hampton!

Dawn affected everyone who came into contact with her - and always for the good. A conversation or a dance left the other person with a new insight into what they do and how they do it. One social dancer was moved to write about his experience.

If you still haven't had enough of The First Lady of Swing, you can go and visit some other web sites.

Once you have diligently read through all the pages you will now doubt consider yourself well versed in the life and times of Dawn Hampton. So see how much you remember by taking the quiz.

And Finally...

You will read on some web pages that Dawn Hampton is the daughter/niece/cousin or some other relation to Lionel Hampton. This is not true. As Dawn makes clear on her site, and at most of the talks that she makes, she and her family are no relation to Hamp.

Here's a Quick Guide to the other pages on Dawn:

May 2001 Andrew Winton.


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