Slide Hampton, a jazz mainstay on the trombone for more than 60 years, died Saturday at his home in Orange, New Jersey, at age 89. His grandson confirmed his death, but did not give the cause.
Hampton was one of the best trombonists of his day, beginning in the late 1950s on the post-bebop scene. He was in bands with Dizzy Gillespie and Maynard Ferguson, among others. He won Grammy Awards for his arrangements in 1998 and 2005, and later in 2005, the National Endowment for the Arts named him a Jazz Master.
In the 1980s, he led a band called the world of trombones, a set of nine trombones.
Hampton married Althea Gardner in 1948 and divorced in 1997. Survivors include his brother, Maceo; their children, Jacquelyn, Lamont, and Locksley Jr .; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.