A longtime person in the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Jimmy Hamilton’s great vibrato-less tone and advanced design (that was ultimately influenced by bop) initially bothered some listeners more familiar with Barney Bigard’s warmer New Orleans sound, but Hamilton eventually won them over along with his outstanding playing. Instead of how he sounded on clarinet, Hamilton’s periodic tenor playing was gutsy and psychological. Prior to signing up for Ellington, he previously caused Lucky Millinder, Jimmy Mundy, & most noticeably Teddy Wilson’s sextet (1940-1942) and Eddie Heywood; Hamilton also documented with Billie Vacation. He was with Ellington for 25 years (1943-1968), and was well-featured on clarinet on “Surroundings Conditioned Jungle,” “Advertisement Lib on Nippon,” along with a many other parts. After departing Ellington, Hamilton transferred to the Virgin Islands, where he trained music in public areas schools. He do go back to the U.S. to try out with Clarinet Summit in 1981 and 1985, and gigged a little in NY during 1989-1990, but was usually little noticed from in his old age. Jimmy Hamilton just had several possibilities to record being a head, mostly schedules for Urania (1954), Everest (1960), Swingville (two in 1961), along with a 1985 established for Who’s Who.