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Ross Hammond

Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has been playing music on large stages and in small corners on the West Coast and beyond for the past decade.

He has received the Sacramento News and Review music award for Best Area Jazz Musician in 2008, 2009 and 1999 (with Chili Palmer Project) and received a Critic’s Choice award for Special Achievement in 2007.

Hammond currently hosts “Nebraska Mondays,” a weekly improvised music series at Luna’s Cafe in Sacramento. To check out the series go to www.nebraskamondays.blogspot.com.

He programs the annual “In The Flow Festival” in Sacramento which he founded with Byron Blackburn in 2008. For information go to www.intheflowsacramento.com.

Recent projects include:

-Electropoetic Coffee, a duo with poet and vocalist NSAA.

-Lovely Builders, a guitar and drum duo with Scott Amendola

-A Quartet with Vinny Golia, Alex Cline and Steuart Liebig

-V Neck, a duo with drummer Tom Monson

He has collaborated with Erik Kleven, Phillip Greenlief, Kevin Seconds, Vinny Golia, Alex Cine, Scott Amendola, Josh Fernandez, Roscoe Mitchell, GE Stinson, Oliver Lake, Tony Passarell, David Boyce, Sameer Gupta, Rick Lotter, Daryl Shawn, Lee Bob Watson, Brian Ballentine, Wes Steed, Christian Kiefer, Darren Johnston and Devin Hoff, Kevin Corcoran, Lucio Menegon, John Hanes, Byron Blackburn, Lisa Mezzacappa and many others...


2009 Best Area Jazz Artist by Sacramento News and Review 2008 Best Area Jazz Artist by Sacramento News and Review 2007 Critic's Choice Award for Special Achievement by Sacramento News and Review


1950s Silvertone archtop (a gift from the late Erik Kleven), Vintage Roots hollowbody Jazzmaster, G&L ASAT, 1930s Fischer Acoustic Archtop, 1950s Magnatone Lap Steel, Fender Musicmaster Amp, ZT Lunchbox Megabrute, Epiphone Valver Jr., Tascam 38 Reel to Reel, TEAC 2 Track Reel to Reel, and a list of various loopers, delays, fuzz boxes and effects that keeps changing...


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”Ross Hammond is a man who can probably express himself with a guitar better than most of us can with the English language...” -Sacramento News and Review, 2009

“Sacramento based guitarist Ross Hammond's Teakayo Mission is one of those rare, indie sessions that creatively succeeds where so many others fall by the wayside. Leading a potent group that listens as effectively as it plays...Hammond merges rock, jazz and free improvisation into a cohesive collection beyond category....Flying under the radar of the mainstream, Teakayo Mission straddles the border- lines of multiple genres, occupying a creative no-man's-land of the future....” -Troy Collins, All About Jazz

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Been teaching theory and guitar privately and scholastically for 14 years. Available at certain times weekdays. Private lessons are $50 per hour, or $30 per half hour.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Improvisation clinics have been taught in Sacramento and Davis, CA. The goal of the workshop is to get out of one's comfort zone and focus on communicating with other musicians.


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Prescott Recordings


Songs From The Urban...

Gold Lion Arts


Space and Time Blues

Gold Lion Arts


Our Place On The Wheel

Prescott Recordings


Follow Your Heart

Prescott Recordings


Acoustic Sanctuary...

Self Produced


Euphonium Prodigy

From: Teakayo Mission
By Ross Hammond



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