The back is hunched over these days, the light-footed, almost dance-like stroll on the stage has evolved into an old man's shuffle, and the once-trim and lithe torso is chunky and bulging with excess weight.
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2. SV Lionel Hampton being presented with medal by Mayor Jacques Chirac (2 shots) 0.20
3. GVs Bank playing as Hampton, Chirac and guests clap (2 shots) 0.37
4. SV/GV EXTERIOR Band playing in street (2 shots) 0.47
5. GV/SVs Hampton motorcade and band through streets (4 shots) 1.10
6. SV Hampton and band performing near Eiffel Tower 1.28
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Background: PARIS, FRANCE
The back is hunched over these days, the light-footed, almost dance-like stroll on the stage has evolved into an old man's shuffle, and the once-trim and lithe torso is chunky and bulging with excess weight. But the smile is just as incandescent, the arms as loose, the wrists as supple, the sounds as gloriously inventive as they have been for the past fifty-five years. Lionel Hampton, greatest of the great jazz vibraphone players, is seventy-one years young -- and still regaling millions of jazz lovers throughout the world with the freshness of his improvisations, the richness of his harmonies. Paris, long a fertile breeding ground for jazz musicians, showed its love of jazz -- and of Hampton -- by honouring "Hamp" with its "Vermeil Medal" on November 26. Mayor Jacques Chirac conferred the decoration in a City Hall (Hotel de Ville) ceremony attended by hundreds of his fans, foreign and French, following which the Kentucky-born percussionist led a New Orleans-style parade of some 150 musicians aboard fifteen trucks from City Hall, up the fabled Champs Elyses, to the newly-aned "Lionel Hampton Hall" in the Meridien's patio. Hampton was in Paris for six concerts with his 17-piece big band, none of whom was born when "Hamp" was already a star in the 1930's Benny Goodman Quartet. En route from City Jall, Hampton and the band stopped near the Eiffel Tower to jam a bit before proceeding to the Meridien for the naming ceremony and the evening's private concert, played before an invited audience.
Source: REUTERS - JEAN-JACQUES FERON