An Evening of Latin Jazz
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
7:45 pm

South Florida Jazz Orchestra


“The band swings with pulsating energy propelled by exemplary charts and arrangements that showcase brassy instrumentals, divine solos and elegant vocals” Edward Blanco, All About Jazz/ WDNA FM

The South Florida Jazz Orchestra is a modern Big Band comprised of some of the best jazz musicians, studio musicians, and jazz educators in the southeastern part of the United States. The members have performed and toured with many of the greatest artists in Jazz and Popular music. These musicians’ careers include tenure with the Big Bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and Maynard Ferguson, and artists from Stan Getz, Dave Grusin, and James Moody to Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, and Joe Williams. Big Band veteran Chuck Bergeron put this group together as a “Labor of Love” to provide the South Florida community with an opportunity to hear classic and modern works for large Jazz ensemble, and to present concerts featuring a wide variety of musical guests. They have produced concerts featuring many great artists, including Arturo Sandoval, Kevin Mahogany, Eddie Daniels, Tom Scott, Wayne Bergeron, and Mark O’Connor.

Chuck BergeronChuck Bergeron/Director

Bassist, Chuck Bergeron, is the Professor Jazz Bass and Program Director for Jazz Pedagogy at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where he also is the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Aside from his teaching duties, Bergeron conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles and is an active clinician at schools throughout the country. He is also the host of The Frost Jazz Hour, on WDNA FM. He is one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz. Equally versatile on the acoustic and electric bass, his unique compositional style and approach to improvisation reflect a wide variety of musical influences. Born and raised in New Orleans, he earned a B.M. from Loyola University and a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami. He then moved to New York, where he resided for 15 years while touring, performing, and recording with such jazz luminaries as Joe Williams, Stan Getz, Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Larry Coryell, John Fedchock, Dave Weckland many others plus the big bands of Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. Never relinquishing his focus on performing, Chuck balances his educational endeavors with a continual schedule of touring, performing, and recording that keep him active year ‘round.

Antonio AdolfoAntonio Adolfo, Jazz Pianist

The Grammy-nominated artist, Antonio Adolfo, is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and producer. He has written songs recorded by many Brazilian and International artists. A child prodigy, Adolfo was already a professional musician by age seventeen.

His teachers include Eumir Deodato and the great Nadia Boulanger in Paris. During the 60's he led his own trio that participated in several Bossa Nova and Jazz shows in Brazil and toured with singers Leny Andrade, Carlos Lyra, Flora Purim, Wilson Simonal, Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento.

Adolfo wrote tunes such as Pretty World (original Brazilian title: Sa Marina) that gained great success and have been recorded by such artists as Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, Earl Klugh, Dionne Warwick, and others. As a musician, arranger and record producer he has worked with some of the most representative Brazilian names, besides having released more than 25 albums under his name. His latest CD has been nominated as Best Latin Jazz album for the 2018 Latin Grammy Awards.

Jason MarsalisWednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

Jason Marsalis is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and Ellis comprise New Orleans’s venerable “first family of jazz,” and are recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts 2011 Jazz Masters awards. Jason is well known for his prodigal drumming. Working with his father’s group, as well as the great pianist Marcus Roberts, he has fine-tuned his playing in two of the most demanding trio settings in modern jazz. However, with the release of 2013’s “In A World of Mallets”, and his recognition as the 2013 rising star winner in the Downbeat Magazine annual critics poll, listeners are now recognizing Jason for his unique sound on the vibraphones.

Jason’s own playing is unique; drawing from a wide range of influences, he performs original music as well as many hidden gems in the jazz literature and beyond. Jason’s knack for selecting compositions that cover a wide range of moods, rhythms, and emotions, engages the audience, and offers surprises around every turn. As a drummer, Marsalis continues to perform frequently with his brothers and father, as well as Marcus Roberts, John Ellis and Double Wide, the Scan-Am Quartet, and others.

As a vibraphonist, he commonly joins Shannon Powell and other New Orleans musicians on the bandstand, as well as touring as the featured soloist with the Lionel Hampton Tribute Orchestra. These varied contemporary collaborations shape Jason’s conception for his Vibes Quartet, as do his respect and admiration for past vibraphone mainstays such as Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, and Bobby Hutcherson. Jason’s newest project slated for release, “In A World Of Mallets,” features original music contributed by the members of the Quartet, with Johnson, Potter, and Goble each offering one original. These are bookended by more of Jason’s delightfully unique and thoughtful compositions, along with a lively version of Brian Coogan’s “Nice Mailman’s Song for Ann,” and some surprise highlights of Jason’s other talents. Marsalis also plays marimba, glockenspiel, tubular bells, vibraphone and xylophone on the album as he expands on his “discipline” overdubs of recent years.

As an educator. Jason continues to invest in education and outreach as he conducts clinics, workshops, and remains an active instructor at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. 2013 promises to be an even more exciting year in all facets of Jason and his quartet’s continued development.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Paquito D’Rivera

Paquito D'RiveraNEA Jazz Master, Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. Winner of multiple Grammy Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.

Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. In 1988, he was a founding member of the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz. D’Rivera continues to appear as guest conductor.

The Kennedy Center awarded Mr. D’Rivera the National Medal of the Arts in 20015 and the Living Jazz Legend Award in 2007. With a dedication and enthusiasm for Jazz, Bebop and Latin music, and an extraordinary career as an instrumentalist, his contributions to classical music are also impressive. They include solo performances and commission with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, among others. In his passion to bring Latin repertoire to greater prominence, Mr. D’Rivera has successfully created, championed and promoted all types of classical compositions, including his three chamber compositions recorded live in concert with the distinguished cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and garnered Paquito a GRAMMY as Best Instrumental Composition 2004.

He has been the recipient of fourteen GRAMMY Awards in both the Latin Jazz and Classical categories and has over thirty recordings to his credit. He is also the Artistic Director of the famous world-class Festival Internacional de Jazz de Punta Del Este in Uruguay, celebrating 23 years of Jazz in 2019.

Shelly Berg Trio
Shelly Berg, Piano, Chuck Bergeron, Bass and John Yarling, Drums

Shelly BergShelly Berg is an accomplished pianist in both classical and jazz styles, Shelly Berg is a recording artist for Concord Music Group, and a Steinway piano artist. He has arranged and recorded with many award-winning artists. In 2007, Berg was appointed as Dean of the University of Miami’s Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music where he teaches both privately, in the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum, and administers the academic, musical and research pursuits of over 700 music students and 100 faculty. He was formerly the McCoy/Sample endowed music professor at USC Thornton School of Music where he taught for 16 years.

Berg is featured as an arranger and pianist on two Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning Arturo Sandoval projects on the Concord label. His trio, the Shelly Berg Trio (Shelly Berg, piano; Gregg Field, drums; Chuck Bergeron, bass), recorded an all-Gershwin CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with José Serebrier, Conductor. His recent Grammy Award nominations include “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist” for his arrangement of “Out There” on the CD Tales of the Unusual (Jazzed Media) featuring vocalist Lorraine Feather in 2013. In 2014 he was again nominated for “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for his arrangement of “What a Wonderful World” on Gloria Estefan: The Standards (Sony Masterworks) and as co-produced for Gloria Estefan: The Standards in the Best Traditional Pop Album category, along with Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan. His most recent recording is The Deep on Chesky Records.

Shelly performs at major music festivals and venues throughout the world, is the Music Director for an annual Jazz Cruise and was recently a featured speaker at the TEDxMIA conference on Miami Beach. He is also a featured performer on several concerts for UM’s annual Festival Miami. He appears regularly for the Gold Coast Jazz Society at the Broward Center and was recently appointed as the Artistic Advisor for Jazz Roots Series at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

Chuck BergeronChuck Bergeron is one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of Jazz today. His unique compositional style and approach to improvisation reflect a wide variety of musical influences and confirm a deep commitment to the rich polyrhythmic characteristics of his musical and cultural heritage as a native of New Orleans and a seasoned professional from the New York Jazz community. He is a faculty member of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where he conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles, and serves as the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. He also conducts clinics around the nation and serves as the director of the South Florida Jazz Orchestra. As a professional, Bergeron spent seven years as bassist, arranger and musical director for the late Kevin Mahogany. He has also performed, toured and recorded with a variety of jazz luminaries from Stan Getz to Arturo Sandoval to Patti Austin.

John Yarling is a lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. His flawless musicianship and commitment to his art make him the drummer of choice for many South Florida performers such as Ira Sullivan & the Inter-Outer Continental Quintet, The Shack Daddys, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Brian Murphy Trio, The Nicole Yarling 4-Tet, and the Jeff Taylor Band. John Yarling is at ease playing in many styles including Modern Jazz, Blues, Funk and Rock. In past years he has performed with jazz luminaries Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Lou Donaldson, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Forrest, Mark Murphy, Mike Stern, Pete Minger, Larry Coryell and Dave Liebman as well as rockers Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins and Bobby Keys (The Rolling Stones). He has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Curtis Fuller, Pepper Adams, Joe Williams, Ernest Ranglin, Kevin Mahogany, and most recently, Pink.

Wonderful World of Ella and Louis
February 13, 2019

SvetlanaSvetlana and The Delancey Five Svetlana is "Breakfast at Tiffany's served at the 21st Century Speakeasy” says Allan Young of the New York Music Daily. Will Frieldwald of the Wall Street Journal raves that she’s an "outstanding vocalist and songwriter". BlueMonkMoods claims that she’s "making Hot Jazz sound cool!" Svetlana & The Delancey Five transports the audience to a carnival of sound, seamlessly moving from soft introspection to a "exuberant, foot-stomping music combining swing and pop-singer/songwriter sensibilities," says WPIX11TV, a jazz band fit for the 21st Century.

Fronted by vocalist Svetlana Shmulyan, the band has headlined many sold-out shows in the US and internationally, from the premier jazz clubs, such as the Blue Note, BB Kings, Iridium, Joe's Pub, Boston’s Ryles and Regatta Bar, to large scale performance arts centers throughout the country, to notable jazz festivals including the Blue Note Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv (Israel) Blues Festival, Ashdod (Israel) Jazz Festival, Gotham Jazz Festival, Make Music NY Festival. They have played to packed underground speakeasies and the band has appeared at the yearly Times Square Swing Flash mobs where several hundred people gyrate together to the band’s jubilant playing. The band headlined sold out shows in the premier venues and festivals across the US and internationally, combining the charm of Svetlana's sultry vocals, the excitement and power of a "little big band", and the intoxicating improvisational aspects of a small jazz group.

Svetlana & The Delancey Five has also appeared on various national and international TV programs (US Travel Channel, UK's Virgin Atlantic TV, Israel's iTV, Russian's My Planet, German's Channel 1, Japanese Travel TV, Brazilian Chicas of NY, and more) and has been featured in numerous international news and music and lifestyle publications including the Huffington Post, All About Jazz, PopWrapped, Wall Street Journal and more.

Their recent CD, Night at the Speakeasy, Featuring Wycliffe Gordon, produced by Guy Eckstine, premiered among the "most added" on JazzWeek and CMJ Jazz Radio charts, received a 4-star rating from AllAboutJazz, and gathered accolades as "The Best of 2016" on Classicalite and Bill’s Music Blog Music News site.

Wycliffe Gordon

Wycliffe GordonWycliffe Gordon was born into a musical family in Waynesboro, Georgia. His father, Lucius Gordon, a classical pianist and teacher, and a lover of the blues introduced young Wycliffe to music. He first learned to play the piano but later learned to play clarinet, bassoon, bass, drums and tuba, before choosing the trombone at the age of 12. Gordon attended Florida A&M University where he attended a master class conducted by Wynton Marsalis. In the late 1980s he played professionally with Marcus Roberts and others before joining the Marsalis’ band in 1989. Gordon also played with several noted jazz artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Al Grey, Slide Hampton, Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton and Shirley Horn. His tenure with Marsalis attracted worldwide attention and from 1990 he also became associated with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

With numerous recording and performance to his credit, Gordon is also known for his compositions and has several commissioned pieces to his credit. He has won numerous awards include the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Trombonist of the Year” Award. In 2007 he received the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award and has also won the DownBeat Critics Poll “Best Trombone” Award many times.

Actively involved in education, Gordon has served as Professor of Jazz Arts at Manhattan School of Music, Professor of Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School and Associate Professor, Michigan State University. He is also the youngest member of the U.S. Statesmen of Jazz (a touring ensemble featuring senior musicians), and in many tour performances continues to serve as a musical ambassador for the U.S. State Department.

Although Gordon has expressed his great admiration for a number of trombonists of earlier generations, he claims that Louis Armstrong was his greatest musical influence.

five playSwinging into Spring
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sherrie Maricle Drums
Tomoko Ohno Piano
Noriko Ueda Bass
Jami Dauber Trumpet
Janelle Reichman Tenor Sax/Clarinet

What these women bring to the table is a finely tuned sense of democracy, style, purpose, and full intent to swing. Their equality and balance is in evidence right off the bat.” Michael Nastos, AllAboutJazz

“The most exciting set of the evening [at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center] belonged to Sherrie Maricle and Five Play. What a bunch of hot tamales… In the jazz world, ensembles come and go, but here’s hoping Sherrie Maricle and Five Play stick around for a long, long time.” Washington Times

“To sum up, Five Play is a unit of brilliance; neatness personified – it swings, it entertains, it sounds happy and is surely as relaxed as a dreamless sleep…a pleasure of perfect unisons, dynamic tuttis, stirring up a sense of excitement which never pales for one instant.” Crescendo and Jazz Music

“Five Play’s album… doesn’t compromise on expressiveness, ideas or chops…” Jazz Times

FIVE PLAY, the sister group of the world-renowned DIVA Jazz Orchestra, was formed in 1999. The quintet is comprised of the large ensemble’s rhythm section and two of its foremost soloists and is rooted in the jazz tradition and is fueled and inspired by the members’ collective, creative vision to swing through the 21st Century. The quintet’s repertoire is comprised of innovative arrangements of classic and contemporary standards, as well as original music composed and arranged by band members. The group’s library was conceived to highlight the distinctive styles of each individual and to create a unique, fresh, exciting and powerful ensemble sound.
FIVE PLAY has performed at many of the most prestigious concert halls, music festivals, universities and jazz clubs in the United States, including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. The group has also performed at major festivals in Israel, Japan, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal. In 2004 the quintet and its members were highly ranked in Downbeat Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Poll.

FIVE PLAY’s premier recording, On the Brink (Arbors Records), was voted #1 by Nat Hentoff in the JazzTimes 1999 “Year in Review” issue. The follow-up release, Five Play Plus (Arbors Records), was voted one of the Top 10 CDs of 2005 by Coda Magazine. Their next Arbors release, What the World Needs Now, was released in June 2008 to critical acclaim. The quintet also partnered with Portuguese vocalist Maria Anadon on her Arbors CDs A Jazzy Way (2006) and Smile (2010). FIVE PLAY’s most recent offering, “LIVE” at the Deer Head Inn, was released in 2015.

Carol WelsmanWednesday, April 10, 2019

“Welsman is that rarest of discoveries: a fully formed artist with the musicality, imagination and looks to cruise to the top of the jazz vocal genre.” Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She has sold over 60,000 CDs in Canada alone, something few jazz/pop artists in Canada have experienced.

Granddaughter of the founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Carol was born with music in her soul. She mastered the violin and bass before finishing high school. Her passion for jazz led her to Boston’s Berklee College of Music in the 80s, where she majored in piano performance. Carol later traveled to Europe, and studied voice with Christiane Legrand (sister of Michel) and teamed up as a songwriter with Romano Musumarra, writing lyrics for artists like Ray Charles, Luciano

Pavarotti, Celine Dion and Nicole Scherzinger.
She has performed with over twenty “Pops” programs with symphony orchestra across North America, has enjoyed three sold-out tours in Japan with Ken Peplowski’s Big Band and has released 12 CDs to date. Six of her CD’s have received Juno Award nominations, the Canadian equivalent to the Grammy Awards. Her CD “Memories of You” won the Japan Jazz Critics Magazine Gold Award. Pop icon Celine Dion recorded Carol’s original song “Baby Close Your Eyes” on her “Miracle” CD (2004). In addition to her 6 Juno Award nominations, Carol has received a number of awards including Vocalist of the Year in the 1996 National Jazz Awards, Distinguished Alumni Award from Berklee College of Music (2002), Pianist and Vocalist of the Year at the 2006 and 2008 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. She also remained in the top 20 and was the #1 selling album at Yamano Music, Tokyo’s prominent jazz retailer.

Welsman has become well-established as an international artist, touring the world, and performing in Italian, French, Portuguese and English.

Playgrounds and Destinations
Friday, May 3, 2019

Tamir HendelmanTamir Hendelman, Piano “There are many fine pianists with impressive technique and swing who are convincing in a number of styles and play with real feeling. What increasingly distinguishes Hendelman is his gift for imaginative arranging…. He will compose an introduction that makes it difficult to predict what follows, but seems perfectly suited—even organic—once the tune begins.”

Born in Tel Aviv, Tamir Hendelman began keyboard studies at age 6, moving to the U.S. in 1984 and winning Yamaha’s national keyboard competition two years later. Concerts in Japan and the Kennedy Center followed. Drawn to the impressionistic and jazz harmonies of composers such as Ravel and Bill Evans, he studied at the Tanglewood Institute and received a B.M. in Music Composition from Eastman School of Music in 1993.

Since 2000 Tamir Hendelman has toured the US, Japan and Europe with his own trio and as a member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

In 2001 he premiered Clayton’s orchestration of Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Peterson wrote in his online journal: “It was a satisfying but strange feeling... to hear a new young voice make some exhilarating and thoughtful solos in the spaces that I used to occupy in those pieces…I look forward to hearing more from him.”

Tamir Hendelman has released two recordings as a leader of his trio: Playground (Swing Bros, 2008) and Destinations (Resonance 2010). Reaching #1 on the jazz charts, Destinations takes listeners along on a voyage of musical discovery. The music ranges from originals to Jobim, Keith Jarrett and Maurice Ravel. “Destinations to me is not only about the places I have traveled to, but also about the journey of being a jazz musician.”

He has also become a first-rate arranger and accompanist for some of today’s premier vocalists, such as Natalie Cole, Roberta Gambarini, and Jackie Ryan. He has accompanied Barbra Streisand in her return to jazz on Love Is The Answer (Columbia, 2009), at the Village Vanguard as well as on her 2012 North American orchestral tour. He has also recently arranged and recorded for artists such as trumpeter Claudio Roditi, accordionist Richard Galliano and violinist Christian Howes. In 2014, he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with the Winston-Salem Symphony.

Since 2005, Tamir Hendelman has been on the jazz faculty of UCLA and has conducted numerous workshops in universities and music programs in the US and abroad.

Alex Frank, Bass

Alec FrankIn addition to performing with the Tamir Hendelman Trio, Alex is the newest member of guitarist Bruce Forman’s western swing/bebop group, Cow Bop. He also often performs with James Tormé, Bill Holman, Nick Mancini, John Daversa, and Barbara Morrison. Alex recently graduated from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Peter Dominguez and jazz giant Eddie Gomez from the Bill Evans Trio. The Los Angeles native has also studied with legendary bassist John Clayton as well as David Allen Moore of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2009, at age twenty-one, Alex was a finalist in the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition.

Alex has recently recorded with trumpeter Marcus Belgrave (Ray Charles Band), songwriter Robb Strandlund (The Eagles’ Already Gone), Tyler Robinson (NBC’s The Voice), and is featured on the film soundtracks What’s My Diagnosis and Sherman’s Way. Other artists that Alex has played with include Benny Golson, Gary Bartz, Josh Nelson, Tom Luer, Melissa Morgan, Sam Barsh, Mike Lang, Graham Dechter, Andy Langham, and Stevie Wonder.

Dean Koba, Drums

Dean KobaDean Koba is native of Honolulu, Hawaii. He has performed with numerous jazz greats some of which include Benny Bailey, Bud Shank, Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Dee Daniels, Walter Norris, Bob Sheppard, Gary Foster, Fareed Haque, Makoto Ozone, Roberta Gambarini, Jackie Ryan, and Tamir Hendelman. His tours have taken him all around the United States as well as Europe. He is featured on several recordings with bassist Christoph Luty, the Acoustic Jazz Quartet, The Bayou Brass Band, Brent Jenson and the Greg Reitan trio.

Dean studied music at Northwestern University (BA) and USC School of Music (MM). He also studied privately with Jeff Hamilton (Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall), Joe Labarbera (Bill Evans, Tony Bennett), and Greg Field (Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Sinatra). Dean currently resides in Lakewood, California and freelances in the greater Los Angeles area. He is also the percussion instructor at Long Beach City College and the jazz drumset instructor at El Camino College.


Willie Jones III All Stars

Love Songs and Lovers…The Ones You Have Forgotten

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Willie Jones III, Drums (Leader)
Ever since 1997, when he moved to New York City from Los Angeles, his hometown, Willie Jones III has been one of the jazz capital’s most prominent drummers. Whether functioning as a savvy bandleader or high-profile sideman, Jones applies to every context an abiding musicality and a tonal personality that, as Wynton Marsalis puts it, is “ever tasteful,” marked by what pianist Eric Reed, his frequent collaborator, calls “a West Coast swagger in his swing, with a looseness that isn’t lackadaisical and an edge that isn’t overwhelming.”

Jeff Hamilton Trio

Rim Shots – An Evening with the Jeff Hamilton Trio

Wednesday, November 8, 2017   


Jeff Hamilton, Drummer
Born in Richmond, Indiana, Jeff Hamilton grew up listening to his parent’s big band records and at the age of eight began playing drums along with Oscar Peterson records. He attended Indiana University and later studied with John Avon Ohlen. Jeff was influenced by Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, “Philly” Joe Jones and Shelly Manne. In 1974, he 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. The Los Angeles Jazz Society named Jeff and his musical partner, John Clayton, musicians of the year for 2006. Jeff is currently touring with his own Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Diana Krall.

In addition to his 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 Tormé, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, Dr. John, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Toshiko Akioshi, 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.

Tamir Hendelman, Pianist
The award-winning jazz pianist 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. He can also be heard on Brasil Brazil’s self-titled 1999 release as well as vibraphonist’s Eldad Tarmu’s CD, Aluminum Forest. In demand as both a pianist and arranger, his accomplishments include: receiving awards from ASCAP and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, musical director for Lovewell Institute for Creative Arts and clinician for the Thelonious 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. He was a recent guest soloist with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.

Christoph Luty, Bassist
Christoph currently lives in the Los Angeles area, and maintains a busy concert schedule, appearing in concert halls, clubs, and festivals throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. He is presently a member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio, which performs concerts, club dates and workshops nationally and internationally. As the longtime bassist of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra he has collaborated on concerts with artists like Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Diana Krall, Clark Terry, Dave Brubeck, James Moody and Shirley Horn, to name only a few. He has recorded with the likes of Milt Jackson, John Pizzarelli, Diana Krall and more; and has appeared nationally with artists such as Dena DeRose, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Curtis Stigers, Bill Watrous, Anthony Wilson, Jeff Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Howlett Smith and many others.

Loston Harris

Loston Harris Plays the Great American Songbook

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


For more than a decade Loston Harris has headlined at a “home” that shares his passion for timeless music, the legendary Bemelmans Bar located in The Carlyle in Manhattan’s storied Upper East Side.   Bemelmans has hosted cabaret and jazz greats for decades from the likes of Bobby Short, Eartha Kitt, Elaine Stritch, John Pizzarelli and the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ).


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