Jeff Hamilton Trio

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The Napa Valley Jazz Society still has tickets available for its upcoming presentation of master jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton and his Trio at Silo’s, Sunday, December 16, at 4:00 p.m. 

Hamilton’s articulate style is complemented by Israeli-born Tamir Hendelman on piano and Christoph Luty on bass.  Tickets may be purchased online at the Jazz Society’s website, www.nvjs.org, or by calling (707) 224-JAZZ.

A consistent #1 choice in jazz polls, Jeff Hamilton has continued the tradition with his recent selection as #1 Jazz Drummer in the Modern Drummer annual poll.  Jeff has been the drummer of choice for many of the finest jazz musicians.  From regular stints with jazz giants Lionel Hampton and Ray Brown, he has progressed to a legendary orchestral collaboration with his friend and colleague John Clayton.  Jeff has been recording and appearing at top jazz venues around the world with his own Trio since the 1990s.

Tamir Hendelman’s accomplishments include receiving awards from Yamaha Piano, ASCAP and the National Foundation For Advancement in the Arts, serving as musical director for Lovewell Institute for Creative Arts and clinician for the Thelonius Monk Institute. In March of 2000, Tamir joined the Jeff Hamilton Trio and in January of 2001, became the pianist with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. 

As the longtime bassist of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Christoph Luty has collaborated on concerts with many jazz greats.  All About Jazz noted that “Luty has a fat sound and an unerring sense of melody.”  They went on to say that, with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, "Luty ‘sang’ with a rich sound recalling the sonorous lower register of jazz bass great Ray Brown.”

“When I think of Jeff Hamilton’s playing, the words articulate, swinging, and efficient come to mind,” offers Bill Hart, NVJS president and producer of this event.  “Jeff has made the drums a truly musical component of jazz ensembles, with no wasted noise.  We have been fortunate to present many extremely talented jazz artists, and it is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the finest jazz trios ever.” 

The Napa Valley Jazz Society was founded at the beginning of 2010 to reinvigorate the Napa Valley jazz scene.  As a 501c3, with approximately 400 members and several notable sponsors and community partners (see www.nvjs.org), the Society presents performances by local and national musicians and supports local jazz education.  The monthly NVJS Parlor Jazz series gives its patrons the experience of the highest quality live jazz shows in intimate small clubs and parlor-like settings up and down the Valley. 

Silo’s is Napa’s premier music room. Located in the heart of Downtown at the Historic Napa Mill, its dark, intimate feel, its great wine selection,  and a wonderful sound system,  make it one of the few reminders of the many great small jazz clubs of the past (see www.SilosNapa.com). 


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