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Dennis Hamm

Pianist, composer, teacher, Dennis Hamm began playing professionally at age 18 and has since worked with a diverse mix of artists. The albums Hamm appears on are a testament to his versatility. In the last three years Hamm was featured on albums as varied as MTV's Rock the Cradle winner Crosby Loggins' (son of Kenny Loggins) Indy Pop/Rock album "We All Go Home", the Prog-Rock Jazz Fusion of guitarist Greg Howe's "Sound Proof", in support of which Hamm toured Europe in late 2008, Katisse Buckingham's genre bending mix of hip-hop and modern jazz on "Lyrical Worker", and an upcoming modern country release by American Idol finalist Amy Adams, which Hamm also produced. Other artists he has performed or recorded with are Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, John Densmore (The Doors), Kenny Loggins, Buck Owens' "Buckaroos", Pete Escovedo, Will Kennedy & Jimmy Haslip (The Yellowjackets), Jojo Mayer, Ronald Bruner Jr., Ryan Leslie, Virgil Donati, Judith Hill (Michael Jackson), Tony Macalpine, Tony Royster Jr., Melvin Davis, Janek Gwizdala, Jimmy Branly, Justo Almario, Carlitos del Puerto, Sandro Albert, Cliff Almond, Monty Byrom, The Smokin' Armadillos, and his own original projects including funk/jazz group Mother Funk Conspiracy featuring L.A

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Simon Phillips Protocol at Catalina Jazz Club

Read "Simon Phillips Protocol at Catalina Jazz Club" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Simon Phillips Protocol Catalina Jazz Club Hollywood, CA February 6, 2018 Early on, the very engaged crowd at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood knew we were in for a treat. Perhaps it was enough that drummer Simon Phillips and his quartet Protocol were ready to take the ...

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Tom Rizzo: Day and Night

Read "Day and Night" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The names in guitarist Tom Rizzo's starting lineup on Day and Night indicate that this is a West Coast-based group, an observation that is borne out in Rizzo's bio, which says he is “active [on] the Los Angeles music scene" and served as guitarist for the Tonight Show band when Jay Leno was at the helm, ...

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John Daversa Small Band at the CAP

Read "John Daversa Small Band at the CAP" reviewed by Paul Naser

John Daversa Small Band CAP Studio Sherman Oaks, CA January 22, 2014 Fans of John Daversa's music range in age from young people still in school to people who have been avid fans of jazz music for decades. Seeing the wide variety of people in the room was ...


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