In 1985, Jeff joined bassist John Clayton and saxophonist Jeff Clayton to form the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Together with an all-star lineup of Los Angeles-based musicians, the big band received an enthusiastic response from reviewers and fans. It's first recording, Groove Shop (Capri), was named by CD Review as one of the best recordings of 1990. It also earned a Grammy Award nomination. Jeff received rave reviews for his dynamic drumming on Heart and Soul (Capri). David Badham of Jazz Journal International stated in his review: "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." More recent releases include ABSOLUTELY! (1993, Lake Street Records) and EXPLOSIVE! featuring Milt Jackson (1998, Qwest) and Shout Me Out (2000, Fable/Lightyear). From 1999-2001, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra was named the in-residence ensemble for the Hollywood Bowl Jazz series.
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