Jeff Hamilton Trio
The Jeff Hamilton Trio, featuring Tamir Hendelman on piano and Christoph Luty on bass, represents musicianship of the highest order. These three masters have been working together since 2002, bringing their own unique sounds together to create a smooth collaboration.
Jeff Hamilton’s originality and versatility is the reason he is in demand as one of today’s top drummers, whether recording or performing with his trio, Diana Krall, the Clayton Brothers or the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Jeff began his association with the Ray Brown Trio at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in 1988 and in 1994, began concentrating on his own trio. As well as recording and performing throughout the world, Jeff teaches, arranges and composes.
Award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman began his keyboard studies early on at the age of six in Tel Aviv. He then moved to the U.S. at age 12 in 1984, winning Yamaha's national keyboard competition 2 years later at age 14, and continued on a path of rapid recognition, playing in Japan and at the Kennedy Center. After receiving a Bachelor of Music Composition degree from Eastman School of Music in 1993, he returned to L.A. Since then, Tamir has been in steady demand as a pianist and arranger, touring the US, Europe and Asia, and receiving awards from ASCAP and National Foundation For Advancement in the Arts. Tamir joined the Jeff Hamilton Trio in 2000, and in 2001 he became a member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
Christoph Luty is an internationally recognized jazz double-bassist, composer, arranger and teacher who is known for his big, natural sound, melodic bass lines and solos, and articulate arco (bow) playing. His playing has received many accolades. His mentor and teacher John Clayton has written that “Christoph’s playing exemplifies…swinging bass lines, lyrical solos, and a great, natural sound that is huge and full.” He has been the bassist with the Jeff Hamilton Trio since 2000, and as the bassist of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra since 1997.
Photo by Mark LaMoreaux