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The Career Of Jeff Hamilton

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

Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named Best Jazz Radio Show in St. Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is also a noted photographer, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.

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