Jeff Hamilton

UPDATE (3/10/20): Just heard from Jeff that his Nashville concert with Jack Jones has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, so he won't be bringing his Mapex drums to Cincinnati for the induction performance with the Blue Wisp Big Band.  

UPDATE#2 (3/11/20): Because of the coronavirus issue, the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Mt. St. Joseph University has been postponed until hopefully late May or early June.

Jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton's in much demand these days.  He's touring and recording with his two trios and as well as the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.  Some jazz fans were lucky to see his perform at Caffe Vivace with his Akiko/Hamilton/Dechter Trio, and he's returning to Cincinnati on March 22nd to sit in with the Blue Wisp Big Band as part of the 6th Annual Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Mt. St. Joseph University from 3-5pm that afternoon.

On March 4th, I spoke by phone with Jeff who's been a friend of mine since the late '70s when he first joined the LA4 playing with Ray Brown, Laurinda Almeida, and Bud Shank.  Since then, he's gone on to form the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with bassist John Clayton and has recorded with a long list of musicians like Diana Krall, Leon Russell, Dr. John, Paul McCartney, Oscar Peterson, Woody Herman, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Mark Murphy, and many more.

During our conversation, he talks about his contract with Mapex Drums, friendship with John von Ohlen, traveling with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, playing with the Blue Wisp Big Band, and mentoring young drummers. 

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Originally broadcast on 3/7/87, this 2-hour "Jazz with O.T." program will be revisited on Sunday, 10/13/19 at 10pm.  This program begins with the State Street Aces's rendition of "Old Folks Shuffle," the first of four versions of this venerable tune.  Also featured are four variations of another standard, "No More Blues," as well as two versions of "No More Booze" by Larry Coryell.  Other musicians heard during the show include Egberto Gismonti, Stan Getz, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Just announced concert:  On Monday evening, October 21, acclaimed drummer Jeff Hamilton, trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra will come to Cincinnati to re-perform “The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World.”  They'll be on stage in Armstrong Chapel located at 5125 Drake Road from 7-9pm.  Tickets are $30 adults, $20 students (with open seating) & available online or by calling 513-561-4220.  https://www.armstrongchapel.org/event/1430968-2019-10-21-columbus-jazz-orchestra/

Jazz with OT: 10/6/19

Sep 29, 2019

This week on Jazz with OT, 10pm on Sunday, October 6th, you'll hear a program originally broadcast on WMKV on March 25, 2000.  The first selection in this varied two-hour presentation is "King Kong" by the John Patitucci Quintet.  Other artists heard during this program include Cassandra Wilson and Jeff Hamilton.

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Richmond, Indiana native Jeff Hamilton is one of the most respected and sought-after drummers in jazz today. He's on the phone with Yemi Oyediran to talk about his June 26 appearance at Walnut Hills' Caffe Vivace with the legendary Blue Wisp Big Band.

On this special edition of The Blues, Saturday evening, June 15th at 11pm, I'm going to share my love of Dr. John and New Orleans with you in a musical tribute.  Dr. John passed away last Thursday, June 6th of a heart attack at the age of 77, and was and still is being mourned by his many fans around the world.

I've got a tall stack of cds that he released, so I started putting them into my cd player and selecting the songs that spoke to me the most.  It was hard to choose just 13 songs, but I hope you enjoy them on this musical tribute to a musician who embodied the spirit and soul of New Orleans.  

The first song, "So Long," he recorded with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on the album, Afterglow.  Jeff Hamilton's a much-in-demand jazz drummer, a Richmond, Indiana native, who'll be appearing at Caffe Vivace on June 26th with the Blue Wisp Big Band.  Jeff told me that Dr. John, during the recording session, nicknamed him, "Dr. Sluggo."

A fantastic opportunity for jazz fans to spend time with some of their favorite jazz musicians.  The Jazz Cruise runs from January 19-26, 2019 starting at Ft. Lauderdale with stops in St. Croix, San Juan, and Labadee.

This week on "Music Notes", you'll find information about a number of big band concerts, a couple of fall festivals, and an interesting program sponsored by Cincinnati Opera combining yoga with live opera performances.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is coming to Music Hall's Ballroom and the Blue Wisp Big Band will be performing a tribute memorial with guest jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton.  The Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival's at Town Hall Park this Saturday, and the Cincinnati Celtic Festival at Summit Park in Blue Ash this week. 

1. Southgate House Revival - 4/18 (Tom Petty Tribute), 4/21 (Sierra Hull)

2. The Greenwich - Chasing the Trane film - 4/19

3. Cincinnati Opera's summer season

4. 4/20 - MOTR Pub, Madison Theatre, Northside Tavern shows


Jazz Drummer Jeff Hamilton

Apr 26, 2013

Acclaimed jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton is coming back to downtown’s Blue Wisp Jazz Club on May 2 to play with the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble, a group he recorded a CD with last year. Jeff Hamilton dropped by the studio to talk with Lee Hay to talk about this gig and other projects he’s been working on.