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Jazz Presents | A Tribute to Chico Hamilton | Led by Evan Schwam w/Special Guests | 8pm

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

School of Jazz Performance Space, Room I531, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Chico Hamilton was one of the finest jazz drummers of the post-war era, a bandleader with a sharp eye for new talent, an actor, and a beloved teacher. A co-founder of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, his death at age 92 was keenly felt by his many colleagues, friends, and generations of devoted students at the New School.

This special concert will celebrate his music and legacy with a performance led by saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Evan Schwam, a graduate of the New School and permanent member of Chico Hamilton's main group, Euphoria, since 2000. Joining Schwam will be many special guests and musical friends of Chico. 

Evan Schwam* - saxophones, flute, piccolo
Mayu Saeki - flute
Nick Demopoulos - guitar
Paul Ramsey - bass
Jeremy Carlstedt* - drums

with special guest Jimmy Owens - trumpet

and Eric Person, saxophone; Sasha Dobson*, vocals; Erik Lawrence, saxophone

*New School Jazz alumnus, †New School Jazz faculty

The Jazz Presents series is made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts 

Hamilton, who worked on films with Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, recorded more than 60 albums as a bandleader and was an architect of the West Coast cool jazz style.

He was born Foreststorn Hamilton in Los Angeles and went to the city's Jefferson high school, where his contemporaries included the saxophonist Dexter Gordon. He rehearsed with many of the star pupils taught by the school's famous jazz teacher, Sam Browne.

Hamilton made his recording debut with Slim Gaillard, was house drummer at Billy Berg's, toured with Lionel Hampton, and served in the military (1942-1946). In 1946, Hamilton worked briefly with Jimmy Mundy, Count Basie, and Lester Young (recording with Young). He toured as Lena Horne's drummer (on and off during 1948-1955), and gained recognition for his work with the original Gerry Mulligan piano-less quartet (1952-1953).

In the 1950's, Hamilton led west coast bands that came close to the popular acclaim of the area's biggest jazz stars, Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. He also provided opportunities for many newcomers who became formidable musicians, including the saxophonists Eric Dolphy, Charles Lloyd and Arthur Blythe, and the guitarists Jim Hall, Gábor Szabó, Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie.

Hamilton played on the soundtrack to the film Sweet Smell of Success (1957); appeared in Bert Stern's famous 1958 Newport festival jazz documentary Jazz on a Summer's Day; and went on to work with musicians from many different backgrounds who had either studied with him or admired his achievements – including the former Spin Doctors guitarist Eric Schenkman and the Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

(Photo credit: Todd Boebel, 2004)

Event Type

Music Performances


General Public


Performing Arts


Mannes School of Music, School of Jazz




$10, free for students and seniors with valid I.D., general admission / no reserved seats

Additional Details

We recommend purchasing your tickets for this show in advance; contact the New School Box Office for more details. 

The Regular Box Office hours are
4:00 - 7:00 pm, Monday - Thursday, 3:00 - 6:00 pm Friday.

Inquiries can be made by emailing or calling 212.229.5488, ext 2458.

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Getting Here

Detailed Directions

By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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