Andrew Hamilton – Brass & Piano

Andrew Hamilton received his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Florida, Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at Depaul University, and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Miami.  He worked extensively in straight-ahead and Latin jazz after moving to Miami, including playing a few of Brian Lynch’s ensembles.  After finishing his Doctorate, he joined the faculty of Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.

Andrew is also an accomplished pianist, composer and arranger.  He has studied composition and arranging with Bill Prince, John Daversa, and Gary Lindsay.  He writes original music and arranges for groups ranging from trio to big band.  In addition to jazz, Andrew has also arranged for show bands, comedians, and worked on a musical Las Vegas performer Tony Tillman.

As an educator, Dr. Hamilton has been on faculty at Santa Fe College where he taught Applied Brass, coached the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, and taught various music related general education courses.  He has also taught music courses at Florida Gateway College. He worked extensively with the University of Florida Jazz Ensemble as well.  UF recently recorded an album that features Dr. Hamilton as a featured guest artist.  He has also been published in Downbeat Magazine, and the International Trombone Association Journal.  Since moving back to Chicago, Andrew has been playing regularly with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra at the Green Mill.

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