May 18, 2021
Darius Hampton is a proficient musician and educator based in Chicago. He studied the saxophone with Charles “Chip” McNeill and Ron Bridgewater while earning his MM in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois. Darius has worked in a variety of capacities as an educator with many organizations including the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Columbia College Chicago, the Chicago Center for Music Education and All-City Performing Arts. He has performed or collaborated with artists such as Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Wycliffe Gordon, Dana Hall, Frank Foster, Garnett Brown, Miguel Zenon, Etienne Charles, Tom Tom Washington, Victor Goines and many others. Darius performs in large and small jazz ensembles, in studio recording sessions, and with dance and musical theatre companies. His recording as a leader entitled Hear Me was released in 2015. Darius Hampton is concurrently the Managing Director of Education and Special Projects at the Jazz Institute of Chicago and a Lecturer at Northwestern University, directing jazz ensembles.