Jazz Unlimited for October 4 is “The Career of Jeff Hamilton.” Born in Richmond, Indiana, drummer Jeff Hamilton is comfortable playing in all styles of music, equally at home in trio, combo or big band settings. He went to Indiana University and started his career with Lionel Hampton in 1974. Jeff first came to prominence with Monty Alexander trio in 1976. Since then, he has played with a wide variety of artists, including Woody Herman, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and the LA Four. His drumming is very melodic and is characterized by the use of an older style Chinese cymbal. He teaches, leads his own trio and co-leads the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Tonight’s show will feature him with the Ray Brown Trio, the Monty Alexander, the Bill Holman Band, Akiko Tsuruga, Milt Jackson, Jackie and Roy, Gene Harris, Mark Murphy, the Clayton Brothers Quintet, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and his own trio.
The Slide Show contains my photographs of some of the artists heard on this show, including Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton and Monty Alexander taken both in the 1980's and in current times.
The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of October 12, 2015.
Here is Monty Alexander (p) John Clayton (b) and Jeff Hamilton (d) playing "High Heel Sneakers" in Seattle in 2013