Jeff Hamilton (drummer)

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Jeff Hamilton
Born (1953-08-05)August 5, 1953
Richmond, Indiana, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1975–present
Labels Mons (de), Azica, Capri
Associated acts L.A. Four, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Website www.hamiltonjazz.com

Jeff Hamilton is an American jazz drummer who is co-leader of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

Music career[edit]

Hamilton was born on August 4, 1953 in Richmond, Indiana and attended Indiana University. Starting in 1975, he was a member of Monty Alexander's Trio, then Woody Herman's Orchestra from 1977–1978. He was a member of the L.A. Four, with whom he made six albums. He co-leads the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with Jeff Clayton and John Clayton.[1] He also leads his own trio, with Christoph Luty on bass and Tamir Hendelman on piano.

Hamilton has worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, the Count Basie Orchestra, Oscar Peterson, and Ray Brown. He toured with Diana Krall and has played on several of her albums.

Equipment[edit]

Hamilton was co-owner of Bosphorus Cymbals. He then started his own cymbal company, Crescent Cymbals, with Michael Vosbein, Bill Norman, and drummer Stanton Moore. Sabian bought out Crescent Cymbals and will be redistributing them through their "Hand-Hammered series." He also plays Remo drums and drum heads (Fiberskyn 3 Diplomat) and his signature Regal Tip sticks and brushes.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Indiana (Concord Jazz, 1992)
  • It's Hamilton Time (Lake Street, 1994)
  • Live! (Mons, 1996)
  • Dynavibes (Mons, 1997)
  • Hamilton House: Live at Steamers (Mons, 2000)
  • Hands On (Mons, 2002)
  • The Best Things Happen (Azica, 2004)
  • From Studio 4, Cologne, Germany (Azica, 2006)
  • Symbiosis (Capri, 2009)
  • Red Sparkle (Capri, 2012)
  • Time Passes On (Jazzed Media, 2012)
  • The L.A. Session (In + Out, 2013)

With the L.A. 4

  • 1978 Just Friends
  • 1978 Watch What Happens
  • 1979 Live at Montreux
  • 1980 Zaca
  • 1981 Montage
  • 1982 Executive Suite

As sideman[edit]

With Monty Alexander

  • 1977 Live in Holland
  • 1979 Facets
  • 1983 Reunion in Europe
  • 1986 Li'l Darlin'

With Ray Brown

  • 1979 Live at the Concord Jazz Festival
  • 1988 Bam Bam Bam
  • 1988 Summer Wind: Live at the Loa
  • 1989 Black Orpheus
  • 1991 Georgia on My Mind
  • 1991 Three Dimensional
  • 1994 Don't Get Sassy

With Diana Krall

  • 1993 Stepping Out
  • 1998 When I Look in Your Eyes
  • 1999 Why Should I Care
  • 2001 The Look of Love
  • 2006 From This Moment On
  • 2009 Quiet Nights

With Scott Hamilton

  • 1979 Tenorshoes
  • 1991 Race Point

With Rosemary Clooney

  • 1979 Rosemary Clooney Sings the Songs of Ira Gershwin
  • 1993 Still on the Road

With Ernestine Anderson

  • 1979 Sunshine
  • 1983 Big City
  • 1989 Boogie Down

With Gene Harris

  • 1987 Tribute to Count Basie
  • 1989 Listen Here!
  • 1989 Live at Town Hall N.Y.C.

With Michael Bublé

  • 2005 It's Time
  • 2007 Call Me Irresponsible
  • 2010 Special Delivery
  • 2016 Nobody But Me

With others

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Jeff Hamilton | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Jeff Hamilton | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 

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