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Iajhi Hampden

Iajhi Hampden - Alternate Mode Artist

Iajhi Hampden (Pronounced E-Ahh-Gee) Born in Manhattan to musical Parents Iajhi has had music around him all of his life. Following in the footsteps of his father (Ivan Hampden) who has toured with Luther Vandross since 1987, He began playing drums at the age of ten in a North Carolina church behind his mother who served as the musical director for the church. Taking gigs in the area at 16, as soon as he was able to drive. Iajhi Enrolled at North Carolina Central University two years later in 1997, and under the direction of Dr. Ira Wiggins began the journey into jazz studies. While at N.C.C.U. as a part of the jazz studies program he was privileged to perform at the Montreaux and Vienne jazz festivals in Europe, the White House on two occasions, and also shared stages with Stanley Turntine, Slide Hampton, Frank Foster,Jimmy Heath,Terrell stafford, Nicholas Payton, and many others. At North Carolina Central Iajhi developed a gigging relationship, and much musical growth with Grammy Nominee Eve Cornielous (vocalist) and Chip Crawford (piano). The two have collectively worked with many Jazz greats, including Barry Harris, Norman Conners, Roy Hargrove, Jovan Jackson,and many others. Through this group including Ameen Saleem (bass), Iajhi has worked with Fred Westley, Nnenna Freelon, and Kenny Garrett to Name a few. Upon graduation He began Performing around the east coast continuing his love for jazz, gospel, funk, hip hop, rock and all other types of music helping to develop his craft. Currently Iajhi resides in Chicago and recently completed a Graduate Assistantship to Ronald Carter (sax) At Northern Illinois University as a Liberace scholar. Professor Carter has taught many of the current young lions in the music scene today including drummers Montez Coleman (Rufus reid), and Terrion Gully (Christian McBride), and has a working relationship with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center program as creative administrator. Now living in Los Angeles, Iajhi has had the privlege to be involved in A various number of situatons. He has performed on Mtv’s TRL, Last Call with Carson Daily, Live with Regis and Kelly, and the View, and has worked with atrists such as Lina (Hidden Beach), Andre Delano, Andy Vargas, Gordon Chambers, and Hollywood Records artists, Aly & A.J. (summer tour 2007).