Born in Richmond, Indiana, drummer Jeff Hamilton cut his teeth on the touring big bands, performing at a young age with the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Count Basie. He had a long working relationship with bassist Ray Brown, with whom he played in various configurations. He is the co-leader along with John Clayton of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, a staple on the Los Angeles jazz scene. And he leads his own trio with pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Christoph Luty. He has recorded over 200 albums, including many as a leader or co-leader, including his current album, Red Sparkle.