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Chico Hamilton and Euphoria Concert at Ithaca College, September 21

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Jazz Legend Chico Hamilton Brings his Sextet EUPHORIA to Ithaca College

“…a master storyteller, drummer, and jazz sage…” Downbeat Magazine

As part of Ithaca College’s Enduring Masters Series, NEA Jazz Master Forestorn “Chico” Hamilton and EUPHORIA, perform a free, special 87th birthday concert soaked in original, contemporary sounds. As percussionist/bandleader, Chico brings his signature drumming style and distinctive bossa groove. Chico has been blazing a trail in the world of jazz for decades and continues performing, recording, and composing as he turns 87.

Chico is performing with his “Euphoria” group which includes Cary DeNigris on guitar, Paul Ramsey on bass, Evan Schwam on flute, tenor and soprano saxes, Eddie Barbash on flute, soprano, alto and baritone saxes, and Jeremy Carlstedt on percussion.

WHERE: Ford Hall, James J. Whalen Center for Music, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.
WHEN: Sunday, September 21st @ 8:15pm.
FREE! First come, first serve. For more information, visit

DETAILS: Known for representing jazz in its purest form, octogenarian Chico Hamilton shows virtually no signs of fatigue. Saluted by the Kennedy Center as a “Living Jazz Legend”, and recently appointed to the National Council on the Arts, Chico Hamilton is considered one of the most important living jazz artists and composers. Slated for a September 30th release on the Joyous Shout! label, Chico adds two new previously recorded albums to his extensive discography: Dreams Come True and Trio! Live @ Artpark.

Enduring Masters is a concert series co- hosted by Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and School of Music, featuring musicians performing and reflecting on aging and their art.

The Enduring Masters program is supported by the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors when investigations into the practice of “payola” or “pay for play” by major recording and broadcasting companies were resolved. These settlements stipulated that funds paid by the music businesses should benefit the residents of New York State through music education and appreciation programs.