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It’s His Party & He Can Play If He Wants To

Chico Hamilton
By Todd Boebel

On Sunday, September 20, NEA Jazz Master and legendary drummer Chico Hamilton will be performing with his quintet, Euphoria, at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City in celebration of his 88th birthday as well as the release of his latest CD Twelve Tones of Love. Hamilton’s group includes Nick Demopoulus on guitar, Evan Schwam on sax, Paul Ramsey on bass and Jeremy Carlstedt on percussion. Le Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street in the Village, about 20 or so blocks south of Hamilton’s apartment in the city. For a peek at Hamilton’s life as a New York City resident, check out this fascinating At Home feature done by JT’s Jeff Tamarkin in the November 2008 issue. All we want to know is: where does he park that SUV?

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