Charles Hamilton: Performer, Composer, Arranger, Producer

Charles Hamilton

(510) 964-7078

(510) 289-4322


Charles Hamilton


"…You and your leadership is the reason why most of us never got a day job. Thanks for being such a great teacher, Ham.."

                                                                                                                                                                        - Thomas Pridgen, Grammy Winner


For twenty-eight years, Charles Hamilton was the Director of the world renown Berkeley High School Jazz Program. His keen ear, musical understanding, and his ability to interpret great jazz resulted in his mentoring and inspiring some of the world's most sought after musicians, in jazz as well as hip hop, rock, and other genres.


Charles is now being sought after himself, with a heavy performance schedule, as a headliner and accomplished sideman.  He continues to teach, both in the Young Musicians Program at the Nations only conservatory of Music dedicated to jazz, The California Jazz Conservatory, where he is also a Board member, and as the director of the Jazz Big Band at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


“Mr. Hamilton’s Opus”

Mr Hamudah, his CD of original music, (recorded upon his retirement from Berkeley High), was called "a brilliant release," by KCSM DJ Clifford Brown, Jr.  It features award winning alumni of the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble; Mike Aaberg (Lelah Hathaway, The Memorials), keyboards; Miles Perkins (founder Mingus Amungus), bass; Josh Jones (Hieroglyphics), Drums; Joshi Marshall, (Mingus Amungus) tenor sax; Mosheh Milón (founder Bantaba) Ben Ball (Berklee College of Music World Tour Scholarship,) alto/soprano sax; Mark Wright (Mark Wright Quartette,composer), trumpet.


He is planning on returning to the recording studio this coming year, again recording his original music, much of which has been being performed by both combos and big bands. (Upcoming by Marcus Shelby Big Band.)


He is available for festival performances, club venues, recording sessions, interviews, and consulting.


Great Review posted by Tim Blaskovitch on Face Book


 [Charles Hamilton and the Jazz Amigos at the Cafe Royal on August 8, 2010]... was a whole other thing - from the soft & quieter bluesy-like bits to the full-throated space-rocking 

be-bop. Weren't the acoustics of the Cafe Royale interior space a perfect match for the considerable projection by the JAZZ



I've never experienced jazz anything near like that. So much 

brilliantly performed musical expression - prodigious prowess all around, making for pure pleasure. This gang wrote the book

on what they do, pushing and creating the extreme limits of what a jazz quintet can produce, so very, very well. Not much

doubt about Charles' himself being a major force of nature in

the jazz universe. 


Nonpareil, truly peerless....


Thanks again for creating this wonderful experience.

Just plain WOW ! ! ! I think that says it best.


~Tim B.


And "Thank You," Tim!


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