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Great Jazz Vibraphone players

Lionel Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Hampton ranks among the great names in jazz history, having worked with a who's who of jazz musicians, from Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker and Quincy Jones.

Milton "Milt" Jackson (January 1, 1923 - October 9, 1999) was an American jazz vibraphonist, often considered the finest player on his instrument the art had ever known, and one of the most important figures in the bebop style, although he performed in several subgenres of jazz, especially his coolly swinging solos and accompaniments in the Modern Jazz Quartet and his penchant for collaborating with several harder bop and post-bop players.

Gary Burton (b. January 23, 1943, Anderson, Indiana) is an American jazz vibraphonist. A true original on the vibraphone, Burton developed a pianistic style of four-mallet technique as an alternative to the usual two-mallets. This approach caused Burton to be heralded as an innovator and his sound and technique are widely imitated.

Stefon Harris (born 1973) is an American jazz vibraphonist. In 1999, the Los Angeles Times called him "one of the most important young artists in jazz" who is "at the forefront of new New York music" and "much in demand as a star sideman".

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