Arts & Entertainment

Top jazz drummer headlines jazz fest

Jeff Hamilton will headline the evening entertainment at this year's Jazz Unlimited Festival happening April 9-10 and 15-17 at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

The festival is a competition that involves 4,500 student musicians from all over the Northwest, including high school and middle school students. Competition categories include concert choirs, jazz bands and jazz choirs.

There is no fee to watch the daylong competitions, which begin at 7:30 a.m. each day on the CBC campus.

There is a charge to the Hamilton concert on April 9, but the rest of the festival's evening entertainment is free. Tickets to the Hamilton concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.

Hamilton, who'll perform with his trio that includes bassist Christopher Luty and pianist Tamir Hendelman, is world renowned as a versatile drummer with a unique style.

David Badham, music critic with the Jazz Journal International, referred to Hamilton's recent album, Heart and Soul, as, "the finest modern big band sound I've heard."

Opening the Hamilton concert will be performances by the CBC Orchestra and the CBC Jazz Ensemble.

On April 10, Hamilton will play with the jazz ensemble starting at 5:15 p.m. in the Gjerde Center. Then on April 15, CBC's FreeForm jazz group will sing songs from its latest CD release starting at 7:30 p.m. in the theater.

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