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Hannibal Peterson

Hannibal Peterson

Hannibal Peterson


Hannibal Marvin Peterson, born in Smithville, Texas, United States, November 11, 1948; later Hannibal Lokumbe, is an American jazz trumpeter and composer. He attended North Texas State University from 1967 to 1969, then moved to New York in 1970. His oratorio African Portraits, which was premiered in Carnegie Hall in 1990 by the American Composers Orchestra, has been performed 55 times by major orchestras, with the most notable performance being that by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Read more on Last.fm
Hannibal Marvin Peterson, born in Smithville, Texas, United States, November 11, 1948; later Hannibal Lokumbe, is an American jazz trumpeter and composer. He attended North Texas State University from 1967 to 1969, then moved to New York in 1970. His oratorio African Portraits, which was premiered in Carnegie Hall in 1990 by the American Composers Orchestra, has been performed 55 times by major orchestras, with the most notable performance being that by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The work traces the African American experience by combining West African music, blues, jazz, and classical music. In 2009 he won a Fellow Award in Music from United States Artists. As of 2010, Hannibal Lokumbe resides in Bastrop, Texas. Unlike many contemporary free jazz players, Peterson is adept at older styles; he's played under such adventurous yet tradition-bound bandleaders as Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gil Evans, and Elvin Jones, and with such dyed-in-the-wool avant-gardists as Roswell Rudd, Ken McIntyre, and Deidre Murray. As a youth, Peterson learned drums and cornet.

He attended North Texas State University from 1967-1969 before moving to New York in 1970. That year, he toured the East Coast with Kirk; the next, he joined Evans' orchestra, with which he would continue to play into the '80s. In the early '70s he performed and recorded with a variety of big-name leaders, including Pharoah Sanders, Roy Haynes, and the aforementioned Jones. He also led and played trumpet and koto with the Sunrise Orchestra, a group that included the cellist Murray.

Tenor saxophonist George Adams was a frequent collaborator. Peterson has led recording sessions infrequently; his first album was called Children of the Fire, for the defunct Sunrise label (1974). He recorded subsequently for Enja, MPS, and Inner City. Though as a performer he's kept something of a low profile over the years, Peterson -- now known simply as Hannibal -- emerged in the mid-'90s having composed the monumental African Portraits, an orchestral piece that incorporated a jazz quartet, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (conducted by the eminent composer/conductor Daniel Barenboim), the Morgan State University Choir, the Kennedy-King College Community Chorus, the Doris Ward Workshop Chorale, four operatic singers, various traditional African musicians, and a handful of African-American vocalists.

The meticulously composed (and critically hailed) piece differed greatly form the small jazz ensemble contexts with which he had made his professional name. A recorded version was issued by the Teldec label. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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