Chico Hamilton

HAMILTON

Chico Hamilton’s drumming with the original Gerry Mulligan Quartet and his own small groups helped introduce many young listeners to jazz in the 1950s. His death last week in New York brought a reaction from Don Conner that may strike a chord with other Rifftides readers. R.I.P.Chico Hamilton! Chico died recently at 92. This was meaningful to me as Chico's group was the first live band I'd ever heard. I was 18 and L.A. was dark and mysterious. I was in the military. Needless to say, my … [Read more...]