Jeff Hamilton Trio

Jeff Hamilton Trio

Smith Opera House

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Sunday, June 5, 2022: Jeff Hamilton Trio
Smith Opera House, 2 pm

Jeff Hamilton, drums; Jon Hamar, bass; Tamir Hendelman, piano

The Jeff Hamilton Trio sets the standard of what a versatile, yet hard-swinging trio brings to each performance. We’re thrilled to bring Hamilton’s unique voice in Jazz to Geneva this summer.

All programs subject to change.

Individual concert tickets: $30 adult; $10 college student with ID;  FREE through Grade 12.
Season pass (8 concerts): $200 adult


About the Jeff Hamilton Trio

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 his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and countless others. The Jeff Hamilton Trio’s recording, It’s Hamilton Time, received enormous airplay while reaching #5 on the Gavin national jazz radio chart. The trio’s second release, Jeff Hamilton Trio – LIVE! was nominated by critics for best jazz recording in Germany in 1997. The trio’s second MONS release was entitled Hands On. Hamilton House – Live at Steamers was the trio’s 2000 release.

Since then, the Trio has released numerous highly-regarded albums: The Best Things Happen… (2004), From Studio 4, Cologne, Germany (2006), Symbiosis (2009), Red Sparkle (2012), and Great American Songs: Through The Years (2013).

Their latest, Jeff Hamilton Trio – Live From San Pedro grabbed the top spot on NPR critic Ken Franckling’s ballot for Best New Release of 2018.     


Smith Opera House

About the Artists

Jeff Hamilton

Jeff Hamilton has received rave reviews for his dynamic drumming. David Badham of Jazz Journal International stated in his review of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra’s release, Heart and Soul (Capri): “This is one of the finest modern big band issues I’ve heard…This is undoubtedly due to Jeff Hamilton, a most driving and technically accomplished drummer.” Jeff is equally at home in smaller formats. He is an integral part of the Clayton Brothers; in a JazzTimes… Read more

Jon Hamar

Jon Hamar is a versatile artist whose ability to find a tasteful, unique voice in any musical situation has made him a staple in the music scene. Hamar’s work ethic and discipline have kept him busy over his career that spans more than twenty years. Jon was born and raised in Kennewick, Washington and grew up in a musical family. He began playing the string bass at age 11 and continued through public school, playing… Read more

Tamir Hendelman

The award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman has performed with Teddy Edwards, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Harry Allen, Tierney Sutton, Phil Upchurch, Jeff Clayton, Rickey Woodard, Sandra Booker, Barbara Morrison and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded with Oscar Brashear, Bob Sheppard and Jeff Clayton. Tamir began his keyboard studies at age 6, attending the Anazagi Conservatory in Tel Aviv, Israel. During this period, a Count Basie recording introduced him to jazz. In 1984, his… Read more

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