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Dignitaries, Friends Attend Jazz Legend's Funeral - 2002-09-07


Dignitaries, friends and mourners have packed a Harlem, New York church to remember jazz legend Lionel Hampton, who died from heart failure last week at the age of 94.

Jazz musicians played somber music while marching through the streets of Harlem Saturday, as a white glass carriage carried Hampton's casket to the church. Former U.S. President George Bush read a message from his son, President Bush, at the service.

Hampton, a jazz drummer and bandleader, became the first musician to popularize the vibraphone - an amplified xylophone. Hampton performed at the White House for numerous presidents and was honored by former U.S. President Bill Clinton as "the first musician to make a vibraphone sing and swing."

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