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Jeff Hamilton Trio to Perform During EIU Jazz Festival


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The Jeff Hamilton Trio will join the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble for a special performance during the upcoming EIU Jazz Festival.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in the Dvorak Concert Hall in EIU's Doudna Fine Arts Center.

The concert is the only public performance scheduled during the two-day EIU Jazz Festival, in which visiting bands will perform, compete and participate in clinics.

The Jeff Hamilton Trio is comprised of Hamilton on drums, Tamir Hendelman on piano, and Christoph Luty on bass.

Hamilton displays exquisite musical judgment, knowing when to lie back to let the soloist shine, and when to goad a soloist on with accents and close interplay. He understands the eloquence of restraint -- he never over-plays -- and he has a knack for the appropriate fill or conversational accents, the telling gesture that supports and inspires soloists.

Hamilton has worked with Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Woody Herman, the LA4, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Monty Alexander and Diana Krall. Since 1985, he has co-led the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and he has led his trio since the early 1990s. The current edition of the trio has been together since 2000.

Tickets -- $10 for the general public and $5 for students -- may be purchased in person at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office, by telephone at 217-581-3110, or online at

The EIU Jazz Festival is sponsored by the EIU music department. The Doudna Fine Arts Center is a division of the EIU College of Arts and Humanities.