Bob Hammer

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Howard Robert Hammer (* March 3, 1930 in Indianapolis) is a US-American jazz musician (pianist and arranger). Hammer studied at the Michigan State University and at Manhattan School of Music before taking private lessons by composer Henry Brant. Hammer led a band together with Bob Wilber (1955). He worked in the Sauter/Finnegan Orchestra, the Roy Eldridge Quartet (1956) and with Gene Krupa (1956/57). He was a member of Red Allen’s band (1958–1962) and Eddie Condon’ (1959/60) band. At that time he recorded with Charles Mingus (who called him his ’Beethoven’) and began to work as arranger for the bassist on Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Townhall Concert and the celebrated The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. . In 1963 he played with Pee Wee Russell, Krupa and Eldridge. In 1964 he was on tour with Bobby Hackett. From 1965 to 1967 he worked as arranger for the Merv Griffin Show. He recorded with Jimmy Knepper, Johnny Hartman, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, and Elvin Jones. Between 1977 and 1988 he worked as a member of show bands in Las Vegas. After an engagement with Slide Hampton he worked as instructor for jazz improvisation at El Camino Community College and played in the Jimmy Cleveland Octet. He also worked with Barbara McNair, the Tommy Newsome Quartet and the Jerry Lewis Telethon. In 2004 he recorded with Floyd Standifer’s quintet. He also arranged "Dance Charts" for the Nicholas Brothers, Skip Cunningham, Chester Whitmore, Jacqueline Douget, Deborah Lysholm and Tim Hickey.


Title Genre Level Price
Als Pals Little Big Band INT $50.00
Bad Bud (Halberstadt/Hammer) Little Big Band INT $50.00
Be Bop Bud Little Big Band INT $50.00
Dukes Choice Jazz Ensemble INT/ADV $60.00
Goodbye, Pork Pie Hat Jazz Ensemble INT $65.00
Hammerhead Waltz Little Big Band INT $50.00
In a Mist - Beiderbecke/Hammer Little Big Band INT $50.00
Lady of the Lavender Mist (Ellington/Hammer) Little Big Band INT $50.00
Monkish (Smith/Hammer) Little Big Band INT $50.00
Rockland Sketches Jazz Ensemble INT $150.00
Song for Sisyphus (Woods/Hammer) Little Big Band INT $50.00
The Silver Strut (Woodard/Hammer) Little Big Band INT $50.00

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