From the Blog

  • Monterey Jazz Festival Review Features Jeff Hamilton!

    Excerpt from: Monterey Jazz Festival 2017: Story of Some Grooves by Andrew Gilbert ‘Opening Saturday evening’s Main Arena action, the premiere of John Clayton’s “Stories of a Groove: Conception, Evolution, Celebration” was the festival’s centerpiece. Having seen just about every commissioned work since Monterey’s artistic director, Tim Jackson, reinstated the[…]

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  • 2017 Artist in Residence at the Monterey Jazz Festival!

    Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artist-In-Residence works year-round with young musicians in performances and clinics at our Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Over the Festival’s history, artists have had an informal role in the production and artistic selection of the festival, including John Lewis,[…]

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  • Cover Boy

    Jeff’s image graces the cover of another prestigious drum magazine! For over 15 years Classic Drummer Magazine has been chronicling the important contributions of music’s great drummers.  Our mission is to help assure that the backbeat that has fueled the music of generations will not fade from memory, and that[…]

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  • Sabian Revives Crescent Hammertone Signature Cymbals

    Sabian is proud to announce a continued commitment to old-world cymbal excellence with the relaunch of Crescent Cymbals – a series of traditionally-crafted instruments that are thin, dark, complex and always musical. Starting June 1, 2016, the new Sabian Crescent line will include Hammertone, Stanton Moore and Elements models, available for purchase exclusively[…]

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  • Jeff Hamilton: Swinging Support

    It’s purely coincidental that drum master Jeff Hamilton and tenor sax star Scott Hamilton share the same last name. But the eventual teaming of their swinging sympatico seemed destined. As early as 1979, when both artists were on Concord Records, the label yearned to arrange the pairing but it never[…]

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  • Crescent “Hammertone Series” Cymbals Coming Soon!

    Co-owner of Crescent Cymbals, Jeff Hamilton, is excited about the sale of Crescent to Sabian Cymbals.  In 2015, Jeff spent two separate weeks in Meductic, Canada to assist Andy Zildjian, Mark Love and the entire Sabian staff while perfecting his “Hammertone Series”.  He is currently playing these new prototypes and is[…]

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  • Monty Alexander Trio 40th Anniversary!

    2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the trio consisting of Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff.  Their first gig was in Annapolis, MD in June of 1975.  In July of 1976, they recorded “Montreux Alexander”, live at the Montreux Jazz Festival.  The three will re-unite for more “anniversary” gigs this[…]

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