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Chico “Cheeks” Hamilton is who I considered a gentleman drummer and all around “hip cat”. Through the orchestration of European Mgr. Dennis Armstead, we originally met after his set the Summer of ‘95 at London's Jazz Café in Leister Square. At his hotel room we started a bit of the 60+ year career in show business but as the wee morning wore on he invited me to his Manhattan eastside penthouse.
Unbeknownst to me he scheduled our completion of the interview during a filming session of a documentary on his life “Dancin To a Different Drummer”.
Through the years we developed a great friendship and discussed everyone from his work with Billie Holiday and Lena Horne to his film scores with various directors, Madison Avenue commercial scoring and his acting debut. Check it all out here.