Famous Vibraphonists in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1908-03-31 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" ("Congo Blues"; "Knockin' On Wood"), born in Beardstown, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1908-04-20 Lionel Hampton, American jazz vibraphone player, pianist, drummer, and actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1922-02-18 Rolf "Hazy" Osterwald, Swiss jazz bandleader, trumpeter, and vibraphonist, born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • 1923-01-01 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1924-10-13 Terry Gibbs, American jazz vibraphonist and band leader (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1928-04-16 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008) [1]
  • 1928-08-26 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, born in Cleethorpes England (d. 2013)
  • 1932-10-13 Johnny Lytle, American jazz drummer and vibraphonist, known as "Fast Hands", born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1935-03-30 Karl Berger, German jazz pianist, vibraphone player, and musicologist, born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1936-06-04 Alan Branscombe, British jazz and session pianist, vibraphonist, and saxophonist (Tubby Hayes; Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"), born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England (d. 1986)
  • 1938-03-23 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1938-07-24 Mike Mainieri, American vibraphonist (Steps Ahead), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1941-01-27 Bobby Hutcherson, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player ("Little B's Poem"; SFJAZZ Collective), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1942-06-25 Joe Chambers, American jazz drummer, vibraphonist, and composer, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-01-23 Gary Burton, American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator, born in Anderson, Indiana
  • 1943-05-26 John "Poli" Palmer, British Progressive rock keyboardist, and vibraphone player (Family -"In My Own Time"), born in Worcester, England
  • 1944-03-10 David Friedman, American jazz and session percussionist, vibraphone and marimba player (Double Image), born in New York City
  • 1948-10-09 Dave Samuels, American vibraphonist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1949-01-13 Frank Ricotti, British jazz and session vibraphonist and percussionist, born in London, England
  • 1949-03-14 Peter "Ollie" Halsall, British rock guitarist and vibraphone player (Patto; The Rutles; Kevin Ayers), born in Southport, England (d. 1992)
  • 1959-01-28 Bill Ware III, American jazz vibraphonist (The Jazz Passengers), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1961-06-04 Kym Ambrose, Australian jazz vibraphonist (The Brazilian Ensemble), born
  • 1963-04-21 Steve Shapiro, American jazz and session musician vibraphonist, and music producer, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1973-03-23 Stefon Harris, American jazz vibraphonist (The Grand Unification Theory; The Classical Jazz Quartet), born in Albany, New York
  • 1979-11-10 Warren Wolf, American jazz vibraphonist, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1981-05-18 Vincent Houdijk, Dutch jazz vibraphonist and bandleader (VinnieVibes), born in The Netherlands

Deaths in Music

  • 1986-10-27 Alan Branscombe, British jazz and session pianist, vibraphonist, and saxophonist (Tubby Hayes; Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"), dies at 50
  • 1992-05-29 Peter "Ollie" Halsall, British rock guitarist and vibraphone player (Patto; The Rutles; Kevin Ayers), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1995-12-15 Johnny Lytle, American jazz drummer and vibraphonist, known as "Fast Hands", dies of kidney failure at 63
  • 1999-04-06 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues; Knockin' on Wood), dies at 91
  • 1999-10-09 Milt [Bags] Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2002-02-24 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • 2002-08-31 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player, pianist, drummer, and actor, dies from congestive heart failure at 94
  • 2008-05-15 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • 2012-02-26 Rolf "Hazy" Osterwald, Swiss jazz bandleader, trumpeter, and vibraphonist, dies at 90
  • 2013-07-17 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, dies from natural causes at 84
  • 2015-10-03 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, dies at 77
  • 2016-08-15 Bobby Hutcherson, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player ("Little B's Poem"; SFJAZZ Collective), dies of emphysema at 75
  • 2019-04-22 Dave Samuels, American vibraphonist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), dies at 70

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