Jeff Hamilton (drummer)

Jeff Hamilton ( * August 4, 1953 in Richmond ( Indiana)) is an American jazz drummer.

Life and work

Jeff Hamilton studied at Indiana University and worked in the 1970s in the Tommy Dorsey ghost band and briefly with Lionel Hampton. From 1975 he played two years in the trio of Monty Alexander, was one of 1977/78 on Woody Herman Orchestra, played with Milt Jackson and was the successor of Shelly Manne in the band The LA Four with Ray Brown, Laurindo Almeida and Bud Shank. After that, he was a studio musician for the label Concord. From 1983 to 1987 he worked on recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, the Count Basie Orchestra and Monty Alexander.

In the 1990s, Hamilton worked in the quartet of bassist John Clayton, went with Oscar Peterson on tour and played in Ray Brown Trio with Gene Harris and Benny Green and directed by John and Jeff Clayton Clayton - Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He also collaborated with Diana Krall and led with bassist Christoph Luty and pianist Tamir Hendelman own trio; In 1999, the album Hamilton House on the Mons label.

Furthermore, Jeff Hamilton collaborated on recordings of Ernestine Anderson, Dan Barrett, Dave Frishberg, Jacques Gauthé, Scott Hamilton, Atsuko Hashimoto, Cal Collins, Oliver Jones, Vic Lewis, George Shearing, Paul Kuhn and Mel Tormé.

Disco Graphical instructions

  • Indiana ( Concord, 1981)
  • It's Hamilton Time ( Lake, 1994)
  • Live! ( Mons, 1996)
  • Best Things Happen ( Azica, 2004)
  • From Studio 4 ( Azica, 2006)