Chico Hamilton, Jazz Drummer And Composer, Dies At 92

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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2003 file photo, Diane Disney Miller poses for photographers as she arrives for a grand opening concert gala at the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, has died at her home in Napa, California. She was 79. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

As a child, Mr. Hamilton saw the Duke Ellington orchestra and was enraptured by drummer Sonny Greer. The band members sat on tiers in those days, Mr. Hamilton said in 1987, so there at the very top and in the center was this drummer who seemed to have so many drums that I could barely see him. I never got over that. In high school, Mr. Hamilton played in groups with other rising jazz stars, including Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus and Illinois Jacquet.
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