Writing & Conducting
The New Lionel Hampton Big Band
After the passing of jazz vibraphonist and bandleader Lionel Hampton in 2002, three of Hamp's longtime musicians — saxophonists Lance Bryant and Cleave Guyton and bassist Christian Fabian — organized to keep the band and its music in front of the public. They were joined by vibraphonist Jason Marsalis in 2015.
When they booked Antonia Bennett to sing two sets with the band at the New Orleans Jazz Market, Gates wrote and led the arrangements, including this one of Sonny & Cher's The Beat Goes On.
Recorded at the Jazz Market, New Orleans LA,