Jeff Hamilton Trio featuring Tamir Hendelman and Christoph Luty
Tue, Jun 24 -
Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton with Tamir Hendelman (piano) and Christoph Luty (bass).
Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with the greats of today’s jazz scene or his own trio. David Badham of Jazz Journal International has praised him as “A most driving and technically accomplished drummer.” Writing in JazzTimes, Herb Wong praised “The sensitivity and sizzle of Jeff Hamilton's seasoned drums.” And no less an authority than Leonard Feather took note of Hamilton’s “Intelligent backing and spirited solo work” in the Los Angeles Times. Hamilton has worked with Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Woody Herman, the LA4, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Monty Alexander, and Diana Krall; and since 1985, he has co-led the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Yet amongst a rich and ever-growing resume, it could be said that Hamilton is equally at home in smaller formats, perhaps here the most. His Trio, in jazz residence since the 1990s and in its current edition since 2000, consistently meets high praise with exceeding skill and artistry.
Award-winning Israeli jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman has performed tremendously with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Allen, Teddy Edwards, Warren Vache, Houston Person, Jeff Clayton, Nick Brignola, Phil Upchurch, Rickey Woodard, John Clayton and Barbara Morrison. He also leads his own trio and his debut CD "Playground" features him in this trio setting. Hendelman has been in steady demand as a pianist and arranger, touring the US, Europe and Asia, and receiving awards from ASCAP and National Foundation For Advancement in the Arts. Hendelman is a 14-year member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio, contributing arrangements and recordings to their repertoire, as well as touring with them in Japan, Europe and the US.
Bassist Christoph Luty is known for his big, natural sound, melodic bass lines and solos, and articulate arco playing. His mentor John Clayton has said, “Christoph’s playing exemplifies swinging bass lines, lyrical solos, and a great, natural sound that is huge and full.” All About Jazz noted that “Christoph Luty has a fat sound and an unerring sense of melody.” With the Jeff Hamilton Trio "Luty ‘sang’ with a rich sound recalling the sonorous lower register of jazz bass great Ray Brown,” as reviewed in The Capital-Journal.
Eric Bibb with
Tue, May 5 - Wed, May 6
Michael Jerome Browne
“The appeal with blues troubadour Eric Bibb has always been his positive hopeful tone conveyed with a warm voice, and a pristinely picked acoustic guitar.” – Something Else
Michael Jerome Browne… magnifies the magnificence of 1920’s and 1930’s country blues numbers… A singer of clarity and character, he is as skilled on banjo and mandolin as he is on valuable old guitars. -Downbeat
Ramsey Lewis Quartet
Thu, May 7 - Sun, May 10
In Crowd 50th Anniversary Show
Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of his classic album,
"The In Crowd!"
"Dubbed a 'Living Landmark' in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, Ramsey Lewis personifies the quality and innovation of American music and the progression of the styles of jazz, soul, and classical music he so perfectly inter-meshes." - Citypages.com