June Jazz to Feature Jeff Hamilton Trio and Elmhurst U. Jazz Band on June 17

May 31, 2023 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

The Jeff Hamilton TrioThe Jeff Hamilton Trio, performing with the Elmhurst University Jazz Band, will headline the 27th Annual June Jazz concert on Saturday evening, June 17.

This outdoor concert is free and open to the public. All are invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, drinks and a picnic to the concert, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on the Mall of Elmhurst University’s lovely arboretum campus (190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, elmhurst.edu/campusmap). Guests are welcome to come early and enjoy this musical celebration of summer.

About the performers:

  • Widely considered to be one of the finest small groups in jazz, The Jeff Hamilton Trio sets the bar for what a versatile trio can do. Drummer Jeff Hamilton is a dynamic bandleader and top-tier jazz musician who has recorded and performed with Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and countless others; and who has toured the world many times leading The Jeff Hamilton Trio. In addition to Hamilton, the Trio features award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Jon Hamar, who also perform with the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The Trio’s latest album, Jeff Hamilton Trio – Live From San Pedro, took the top spot on NPR critic Ken Franckling’s ballot for Best New Release of 2018. Other highly regarded albums include It’s Hamilton Time, Jeff Hamilton Trio—LIVE!, The Best Things Happen, Symbiosis and Great American Song: Through The Years.
  • The acclaimed Elmhurst University Jazz Band has performed across the country and around the world, and has appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival and the Jak Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. The band has twice toured Europe at the invitation of the U.S. State Department and, closer to home, performed several times around the Midwest with legendary trumpeter Doc Severinsen. In 2001, the band accompanied Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Chicago Jazz Festival in Grant Park. And in 2014, the Jazz Band was the winner of DownBeat magazine’s Student Music Award in the Large Jazz Ensemble category for undergraduate institutions.

For more information, visit elmhurst.edu/JuneJazz or call (630) 617-3611. June Jazz is presented by Elmhurst University and PNC Bank.

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