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Jeff Hamilton: Capitol Drums

Jeff Hamilton

Jeff Hamilton has just returned from touring Scandinavia with the Clayton- Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. At the Musician’s Union hall in Hollywood for a CHJO rehearsal, the drummer is calm, cool and collected. If he’s jet-lagged, he’s not copping to it.

Recently Hamilton began to concentrate on just the big band and his own trio, and that feels right to him. “This year I decided to whittle down all the responsibilities I had taken on with other groups and focus on my projects, as opposed to being everyone else’s drummer,” he says. It was a big decision, considering Hamilton’s played with Ray Brown and Monty Alexander’s trios, Diana Krall, the Count Basie band, Oscar Peterson and more, and he’s recorded with Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, Benny Carter, Milt Jackson and many others.

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