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Masterclass with JEFF HAMILTON

October 10, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


October 10,2022
4:30-5:30 PM
YLJC Classroom

Due to limited space, this masterclass is for current YLJC students only*.

*If there are seats available, parents will be permitted to attend on a first come, first served basis.

We are PRIVILEGED to have a true jazz legend conduct a masterclass for YLJC students. This one is NOT TO BE MISSED!

In 1974, Jeff Hamilton got his first big break playing with the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He then joined Lionel Hampton’s Band until 1975 when he, along with bassist John Clayton, became members of the Monty Alexander Trio. He attained a childhood goal in 1977 when he joined Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, with whom he made several recordings. In 1978, he was offered the position vacated by Shelly Manne in the L.A.4 with Ray Brown, Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida. He recorded six records with the L.A.4, some of which featured his own arrangements and compositions. From 1983 to 1987, Jeff performed with Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney and Monty Alexander. Jeff began his association with the Ray Brown Trio in 1988 and left in March 1995 to concentrate on his own trio. From 1999-2001, the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra was named the in-residence ensemble for the Hollywood Bowl Jazz series. Jeff recorded and toured extensively with Diana Krall and is currently recording and touring with his own Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

In addition to many recordings with Ray Brown, Jeff has been on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, Dr. John, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Scott Hamilton, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Keely Smith, Bill Holman, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel and Mark Murphy. Jeff is a frequent guest of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. He also appeared in Natalie Cole’s Great Performances PBS special, Unforgettable and an Oscar Peterson documentary, Life In The Key Of Oscar.

Mr. Hamilton uses Sabian “Hammertone” Crescent Cymbals,  Mapex Black Panther drums and Remo drum heads (Fiberskyn 3 Diplomat) and his signature Regal Tip sticks and brushes.

See you there!


October 10, 2022
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


YLJC Rehearsal Space
2590 Truxtun Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106
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