Basic Background Info

Birth: August 4, 1953
Location: Richmond, Indiana
Band: Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Born in Richmond, Indiana, Jeff Hamilton started playing the drums while listening to his parents’ Oscar Peterson records when he was just eight years old. Jeff Hamilton's early influences include Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, “Philly” Joe Jones, and Shelly Manne. Jeff Hamilton attended Indiana University and later studied under John Avon Ohlen.

Jeff Hamilton broke into the music industry playing with the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1974. Jeff Hamilton went on to play with Lionel Hampton’s Band for one year until he left to join the Monty Alexander Trio.

In 1977, Jeff Hamilton realized a true dream when he joined Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd. Jeff Hamilton recorded several albums with the band. The following year, Jeff Hamilton took over the drum seat vacated by Shelly Manne in the L.A.4. Jeff Hamilton recorded several albums with Ray Brown, Bud Shank, and Laurindo Almeida of the L.A.4. He also often contributed compositions and arrangements to the records.

Between 1983 and 1987, Jeff Hamilton worked with an array of impressive artists including Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney, and Monty Alexander. During the 1990s, Jeff Hamilton toured around the world with Oscar Peterson and the Ray Brown Trio. He remained with the Ray Brown Trio until 1995, when he left to create his own trio. 

Jeff Hamilton group, the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra served as the house ensemble for the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Series for two years. Currently, Jeff Hamilton is touring with the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra as well as Diana Krall.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1968 Happy Time Original Broadway Cast
1968 Singers, Talkers, Players, Swingers and Doers The Hellers
1968 West Coast Years Jim Beatty
1973 Concord Jazz Guitar Collection, Vol. 1-2 Various Artists
1974 Concord Jazz Heritage Series Ray Brown
1974 Concord Jazz Heritage Series The L.A. 4
1976 Concord Jazz Heritage Series Ernestine Anderson
1976 Live! Montreux Alexander Monty Alexander
1976 Way It Is Monty Alexander
1977 Live in Holland Monty Alexander
1977 Soul Fusion Milt Jackson and the Monty Alexander Trio
1978 Chamber Jazz Laurindo Almeida
1978 Concord Jazz Heritage Series Laurindo Almeida
1978 Just Friends L.A. 4
1978 Live at Carnegie Hall & Montreaux, Switzerland Teresa Brewer
1978 Plays Chick, Donald, Walter and Woodrow Woody Herman
1978 Road Father Woody Herman
1978 Watch What Happens L.A. 4
1979 'S Wonderful: Concord Jazz Salutes Ira Gershwin Various Artists
1979 Blues on My Mind Cal Collins
1979 Conception Ted Nash
1979 Concord Jazz Heritage Series Monty Alexander
1979 Facets Monty Alexander
1979 Live at Montreux L.A. 4
1979 Live at the Concord Jazz Festival Ray Brown Trio
1979 Rosemary Clooney Sings the Lyrics of Ira Gershwin Rosemary Clooney
1979 Sunshine Ernestine Anderson
1979 Tenorshoes Scott Hamilton
1980 Zaca The L.A. 4
1981 Bop for Kerouac Mark Murphy
1981 East of Suez Jackie Cain w/ Roy Kral
1981 Montage The L.A. 4
1982 Executive Suite The L.A. 4
1982 Indiana Jeff Hamilton
1982 Latin Odyssey Laurindo Almeida with Charlie Byrd
1982 Ron McCroby Plays Puccolo Ron McCroby
1982 World Class Woody Herman & His Big Band
1983 Big City Ernestine Anderson
1983 Reunion in Europe Monty Alexander with Clayton/Hamilton Band
1985 Concord Jazz Heritage Series Gene Harris
1985 In Good Company Mary Fettig Park
1986 Li'l Darlin' Monty Alexander
1986 Satin Nights Charlie Shoemake Orchestra
1987 Bill Holman Band Bill Holman
1987 Ellyn Ellyn Rucker
1987 In the Mood Original Soundtrack
1987 Spontaneous Combustion Barney Kessel with the Monty Alexander Trio
1987 Things as They Are Tom Talbert
1987 Tribute to Count Basie Gene Harris All Star Big Band
1988 20th Concord Festival All Stars Various Artists
1988 Bam Bam Bam Ray Brown Trio
1988 Concord Jazz Christmas, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1988 Perfect Match George Shearing with Ernestine Anderson
1988 Reunion Mel TormÈ and the Marty Paich Dektette
1988 Show Tunes Rosemary Clooney
1988 Summer Wind: Live at the Loa Ray Brown Trio
1989 Black Orpheus Ray Brown
1989 Boogie Down Ernesting Anderson with...
1989 Georgia on My Mind Ray Brown/Gene Harris
1989 Groove Shop Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
1989 Jiggs Up Jiggs Whigham
1989 JVC World Class Sampler, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1989 Let's Eat Home Dave Frishberg
1989 Listen Here! Gene Harris Quartet
1989 Live at Town Hall, N.Y.C. Gene Harris w/ Philip Morris Superband
1990 Let's Talk Business Dee Daniels
1990 Moore Makes 4 Ray Brown Trio with Ralph Moore
1991 Heart and Soul Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
1991 Music Clayton Brothers
1991 Race Point Scott Hamilton
1991 Strollin' Charlie Shoemake with the Bill Holman
1991 Three Dimensional Ray Brown Trio
1991 Unforgettable: With Love Natalie Cole
1992 All-Star Jazz Christmas Various Artists
1992 Best of Milt Jackson Milt Jackson
1992 Full Circle Jackie & Roy
1992 In Tribute Diane Schuur
1992 Joy Spring: A Tribute to Clifford Brown Bob Summers Quintet
1992 Midnight Sun Herb Alpert
1992 Mixt Bag Pete DeLuke Quartet
1992 Santa's Bag: An All-Star Jazz Christmas Various Artists
1992 Stolen...And Other Moments Mark Murphy
1993 Back to Broadway Barbra Streisand
1993 Bass Face Ray Brown
1993 Duets Frank Sinatra
1993 Generations of Jazz Till Brˆnner
1993 Great Moments with Ernestine Anderson Ernestine Anderson
1993 New Orleans Traditional Jazz Legends, Vol. 2 Willie Humphrey
1993 Reunion with Al Dan Barrett & Al Jenkins
1993 Single Woman Nina Simone
1993 Steppin' Out Diana Krall
1993 Still on the Road Rosemary Clooney
1993 Take a Look Natalie Cole
1994 Art Hodes & the Magnolia Jazz Band Art Hodes & the Magnolia Jazz Band
1994 Don't Get Sassy Ray Brown Trio wth Benny Green
1994 Elegy in Blue Benny Carter
1994 Holly & Ivy Natalie Cole
1994 It's Hamilton Time Jeff Hamilton
1994 Jazz Showcase Various Artists
1994 Magnolia Jazz Band & Art Hodes Magnolia Jazz Band & Art Hodes
1994 Remember the Time Clark Terry
1994 Super Bass Ray Brown
1994 Timepiece Kenny Rogers
1995 Absolutely! Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
1995 Afterglow Dr. John
1995 Christmas Album David Foster
1995 Duets and Duets II Frank Sinatra
1995 New Orleans Traditional Jazz Legends, Vol. 5: Albert Various Artists
1995 Silver Strut Rickey Woodard
1995 Traditional Jazz Legends, Vol. 6 Sing Miller
1995 West Coast Jazz Summit Eric Reed
1995 Zat You, Santa Claus? Banu Gibson
1996 Baby, Baby All the Time Jack Wood
1996 Lefty Leaps In John Leitham
1996 Live! Jeff Hamilton Trio
1996 New Orleans Traditional Jazz Legends Various Artists
1996 Nice Work If You Can Get It: Songs by the Gershwins Michael Feinstein
1996 Sweet Baby Doll Jacques Cauthe & His Creole Rice Jazz Band
1997 Common Language Joachim Schonecker
1997 Cool & Classic: Great Film Themes from the '60's Original Soundtrack/Fred Karlin
1997 Cool & Classic: Great Film Themes from the '70's Original Soundtrack/Fred Karlin
1997 Dynavibes Jeff Hamilton
1997 Gershwin Songbook Various Artists
1997 Have Fingers, Will Travel Oliver Jones
1997 Hoodlum Original Soundtrack
1997 Jerome Kern Songbook Various Artists
1997 Love Is Good for Anything That Ails You Banu Gibson
1997 Rodgers & Hart Songbook Rodgers & Hart
1997 Seasons of Love Ranee Lee
1997 Something Tells Me John Sheridan
1997 Super Bass Ray Brown with John Clayton
1997 Swingin' Jazz for Hipsters, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1997 Very Best of Dianne Schuur Diane Schuur
1998 Art of the Bass Various Artists
1998 Concord Jazz Heritage Series Mel TormÈ
1998 Halos of Smoke & Fire Cash Money
1998 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Diana Krall
1998 Jazz Singers 1919-1994 Various Artists
1998 Jazz Standards Mark Murphy
1998 Metamorphosis: Jazz Meets the Symphony, #4 Lalo Schifrin
1998 Moon Song Dan Barrett & Rebecca Kilgore
1998 Steppin' Out: The Early Recordings Diana Krall
1998 These Are Special Times Celine Dion
1998 This Christmas Ann Hampton Callaway
1998 Triple Play Ray Brown
1998 Walkin' the Walk Bill Liston & Andy Martin
1998 When I Look in Your Eyes Diana Krall
1998 Words Among the Reeds Rick Fay
1999 Big Band Jazz Various Artists
1999 Dream Band, Make Me Dream Some More John Sheridan and His Dream Band
1999 Explosive! Milt Jackson & the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz
1999 Fatha Herman Woody Herman
1999 Jazz Meets Symphony Collection Lalo Schifrin
1999 Love Is...The Tender Trap Stacey Kent
1999 Traditional Jazz: The Language of New Orleans Vol. 4 Various Artists
1999 You'd Be Nice to Come Home To Christine Hitt
2000 All-Star Christmas Various Artists
2000 Ballad Essentials Ernestine Anderson
2000 Being a Bear: Jazz for the Whole Family Dan Barrett & Rebecca Kilgore
2000 Best of the Concord Years Charlie Byrd
2000 Best of the Concord Years Gene Harris
2000 Brazil Rosemary Clooney & John Pizzarelli
2000 For You Brian Ogilvie
2000 Hamilton House Jeff Hamilton
2000 In the Studio and in Concert Mel TormÈ & Marty Paich Dektette
2000 Jazz Sampler, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2000 Night Owl Bryan Shaw
2000 Shout Me Out! Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
2000 Siblingity Clayton Brothers
2000 Songbook Collection Rosemary Clooney
2000 These Are Special Times Celine Dion
2000 To Bags with Love: A Tribute to Milt Jackson Milt Jackson
2001 Blue York Pamela York
2001 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Diana Krall
2001 International Swing Party Dan Barrett
2001 Intersections: Jazz Meets the Symphony #5 Lalo Schifrin
2001 Jazz Moods: Jazz Party Mix - Cocktail Party/Groovin' Various Artists
2001 Look of Love Diana Krall
2001 Lookin' Good: Getting Some Fun Out of Life/Let's Eat Dave Frishberg
2001 Love Songs Natalie Cole
2001 Melody in Swing Dan Barrett
2001 Midnight Coffee Bert Dalton
2001 Sounds of Hope Reverend Cecil Williams & The Glide Ensemble
2002 Ask a Woman Who Knows Natalie Cole
2002 Best of the Concord Years Ray Brown
2002 Big Band Soul: Live at Town Hall, N.Y.C./World Tour 1 Gene Harris & Philip Morris
2002 Duets George Shearing
2002 From East to West The Woody Herman Big Band
2002 Jazz4Chillin' Various Artists
2002 Live at the Concord Jazz Festival Ray Brown
2002 Live in Paris Diana Krall
2002 Out of This World Rosemary Clooney
2002 Return of the Marquis de Sade Lalo Schifrin
2002 Secret Heart Curtis Stigers
2002 Swingin' the Blues Gene Harris
2002 Telarc Celebrating 25 Years: The Jazz Collection Various Artists
2003 Ballad Essentials Gene Harris
2003 Banu Gibson Sings Johnny Mercer Banu Gibson
2003 Best of the Concord Years Rosemary Clooney
2003 Brazil & Beyond Laurindo Almeida/Charlie Byrd
2003 Concord Records 30th Anniversary Various Artists
2003 Concord Records SACD Sampler, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2003 From Me to You: A Tribute to Lionel Hampton Terry Gibbs
2003 It Runs in the Family Original Soundtrack
2003 Jazz Goes to Hollywood Fred Karlin
2003 Live from New York to Tokyo Ray Brown
2003 One Night in Paris Diana Krall
2003 Playboy Jazz After Dark Various Artists
2003 Remembering Patsy Cline Various Artists
2003 Timeless Mark Murphy
2003 Two by Four The L.A. 4
2003 Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series Various Artists
2003 When I Look in Your Eyes Diana Krall
2004 52nd & Broadway: Songs of the Bebop Era Terry Gibbs
2004 Best Things Happen Jeff Hamilton
2004 Collection Stacey Kent
2004 Concord Jazz Sampler Vol.2 Various Artists
2004 Girl in the Other Room Diana Krall
2004 Instant Party Mel TormÈ
2004 Look of Love Diana Krall
2004 Rediscovery on GRP Diane Schuur
2004 Renee Olstead ReneÈ Olstead
2004 Smooth as Silk Flip Phillips & Woody Herman
2004 So Far So Good : Best Of James Morrison James Morrison
2005 Back in the Swing of Things Clayton Brothers
2005 Ballad Essentials Rosemary Clooney
2005 Blue Voices: The Finest in Swingin' Jazz Ballads, Vol. 3 Various Artists
2005 Christmas Songs Diana Krall/Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
2005 Duets/Duets II: 90th Birthday Limited Collector's Edition Frank Sinatra
2005 Easy Walker Larry Fuller Trio
2005 Get Happy: The Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration Various Artists
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Dianne Reeves
2005 Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration Various Artists
2005 It's Time Michael BublÈ
2005 Jazz After Dark, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2005 Live at MCG The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
2005 Partners in Crime Jim Hershman/Bill Cunliffe/Jeff Hamilton
2005 Two For The Road Bruce Hamada
2005 We Get a Kick Out of Jazz Various Artists
2006 Bassics: Best of Ray Brown Trio 1977-2000 Ray Brown Trio
2006 Before Me Gladys Knight
2006 Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel: Happy All the Time Chuck Redd
2006 Dear Mr. Sinatra John Pizzarelli
2006 From Studio 4 Jeff Hamilton
2006 From This Moment On Diana Krall
2006 Legends & Lions: Blues Various Artists
2006 Legends & Lions: Swingin' Various Artists
2006 Legends & Lions: Swoonin' Various Artists
2006 Once in a Lifetime HR-Bigband/Joey Defrancesco/Jeff Hamilton
2006 Where You'll Find Me Kristin Korb
2007 Alexander the Great: Monty Swings on MPS Monty Alexander
2007 Another Time, Another Place Ira Nepus/Steve Moore
2007 Call Me Irresponsible Michael BublÈ
2007 Jazz: Love Songs After Dark Various Artists
2007 Let's Face the Music and Dance Banu Gibson
2007 Let's Get Lost Dawn Lambeth
2007 Love Songs Natalie Cole
2007 Lyrically, Alan Bergman Alan Bergman
2007 Playboy Jazz: Jazz Love Songs After Dark Various Artists
2007 Stacey Kent Collection II Stacey Kent
2007 These Are Special Times Celine Dion
2007 Trav'lin' Light Queen Latifah
2007 Very Best of Diana Krall Diana Krall
2007 We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song Various Artists
2007 World of Duke Ellington, Vol. 2 WDR Big Band
2007 You and the Night and the Music Jackie Ryan/Red Holloway
2008 Blues & Beyond WDR Big Band
2008 Music to Make the Impossible Possible Various Artists
2008 Sings for Lovers Rosemary Clooney
2008 To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story Nina Simone
2008 Still Unforgettable Natalie Cole
2008 Introducing Atsuko Hashimoto Atsuko Hasimoto
2008 Christmas Hit & Duos Diana Krall
2008 Banu Gibson Sings More Johnny Mercer Banu Gibson
2009 Symbiosis Jeff Hamilton
2009 Street of Dreams Annie Sellick
2009 So In Love Roberta Gambarini
2009 Right On Time Graham Dechter
2009 Quiet Nights Diana Krall
2009 Love Is the Answer Barbra Streisand
2009 Live in Rio Diana Krall
2009 Johnny Mercer: Centennial Celebration Johnny Mercer
2009 Jack of Hearts Anthony Wilson
2009 Charles Aznavour & The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
2009 American Classic Willie Nelson
2010 Fine Romance Stacey Kent
2010 Doing All Right: In Concert Diana Krall
2010 Collector's Edition (DVD) Diana Krall
2010 A Handful of Stars Adam Schroeder
2010 ...Featuring Norah Jones Norah Jones
2011 Until the Sun Comes Up Atsuko Hashimoto
2011 Sundays In New York Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
2011 Jazz Box - The Best of Jazz Legends: Diana Krall & Ray Charles Ray Charles
2011 In Search Of Ken Peplowski
2012 Takin' It There Graham Dechter
2012 Snappy Too James Morrison
2012 Red Sparkle Jeff Hamilton
2012 La Maestro de la Trompette Maurice Andre
2012 Kisses on the Bottom Paul McCartney
2012 It's A Wonderful World Stacey Kent
2012 Uplift Vol. 2: The Great Trio Monty Alexander
2013 The L.A. Session Paul Kuhn
2013 Swing 85 Paul Kuhn
2013 Lush Joe Clark Big Band
2013 Candid Moments Stacey Kent
2013 Elegant Lounge: 25 Lazy Grooves Various Artists
2014 Life Journey Leon Russell


  • In addition to his career as a jazz musician, Jeff is also a businessman. He co-owns Bosphorus Cymbals.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Remo
Cymbals: Bosphorus
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Regal Tip

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