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Ed Hamilton


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There are two artists:

1. A Jazz artist

2. “Musician, photographer, programmer”. Released his debut ep through Hibernate Recordings.

1) Guitarist Ed Hamilton believes that there is a place for a happy blending of old and new in the jazz that he plays. You can see that in the musicians he’s gathered around him for his first album and in the way traditional rhythms and sonorities co-exist in many of the tunes he writes. And when you learn about his background, you see how it all fits together and makes sense.

Hamilton grew up outside of Philadelphia, a city that has long been a hot bed of jazz activity—the birthplace of giants, the home of great venues and a center for some very special educational opportunities. He grew up, of course, with rock and roll, but also took the opportunity to listen to his father’s big band record collection. Ellington, Basie, Herman and the like were part of his earliest listening and he even got his parents to take him to the dance halls they frequented. “I not only made them bring me,” he says, “but I would make them get the front row table so I could sit right in front of the musicians, usually the rhythm section. Man, I would sit there diggin’ it all.”

Ed’s interest in music was soon translated into learning and playing—as a multi-instrumentalist—in high school. In his senior year, when called on to choose a major course of study for college, he decided he would concentrate on the guitar.


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