Jan Hammer

Real Name:
Jan Hammer, Jr.
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Czech-American pianist, keyboardist, composer and bandleader.
Born April 17, 1948 in Prague, former Czechoslovakia.

Best known for his soundtrack work, notably on the television series "Miami Vice", and Czechoslovak pop-art fairytale "Šíleně smutná princezna" (The Incredibly Sad Princess, 1968).
Son of Czech jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer Jan Hammer (2) and jazz vocalist Vlasta Průchová. U.S. resident since 1968.
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Albums

Jan Hammer - Like Children album art Jerry Goodman & Jan Hammer Jerry Goodman & Jan Hammer - Like Children (Album) Nemperor Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Timeless album art John Abercrombie, Jan Hammer, Jack De Johnette* John Abercrombie, Jan Hammer, Jack De Johnette* - Timeless (Album) ECM Records Canada 1975 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Elvin Jones Is 'On The Mountain' album art Elvin Jones With Jan Hammer And Gene Perla Elvin Jones With Jan Hammer And Gene Perla - Elvin Jones Is 'On The Mountain' (Album) Happy Bird Germany 1975 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - The First Seven Days album art Jan Hammer The First Seven Days (Album) Nemperor Records UK 1975 Sell This Version
MC 20688, G-20688 Jan Hammer - Make Love album art Jan Hammer Make Love(LP, Album, RE) MPS Records, BASF, MPS Records, BASF MC 20688, G-20688 US 1976 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 15 album art Jeremy Steig / Jan Hammer / Don Alias / Eddie Gomez Jeremy Steig / Jan Hammer / Don Alias / Eddie Gomez - I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 15 (Album) Sarpe Spain 1980 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Hip Address album art David Earle Johnson With Jan Hammer David Earle Johnson With Jan Hammer - Hip Address (Album) CMP Records Germany 1980 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Finger Dancing album art Yoshiaki Masuo With Jan Hammer Yoshiaki Masuo With Jan Hammer - Finger Dancing (Album) Electric Bird Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Los Grandes Del Jazz 78 album art Jeremy Steig / Jan Hammer / Gene Perla / Don Alias Jeremy Steig / Jan Hammer / Gene Perla / Don Alias - Los Grandes Del Jazz 78 Sarpe Spain 1982 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - The Midweek Blues album art David Earle Johnson, Jan Hammer And John Abercrombie David Earle Johnson, Jan Hammer And John Abercrombie - The Midweek Blues (Album) Plug Records (2) US 1983 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Fania All Stars Featuring Jan Hammer album art Fania All Stars Featuring Jan Hammer Fania All Stars Featuring Jan Hammer - Fania All Stars Featuring Jan Hammer (Album) Fania Records, Fania Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - City Slicker album art James Young (3) With Jan Hammer James Young (3) With Jan Hammer - City Slicker (Album) FM Japan 1985 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Escape From Television album art Jan Hammer Escape From Television (Album, Comp) MCA Records, MCA Records Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Snapshots album art Jan Hammer Snapshots (Album) MCA Records, MCA Records Europe 1989 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Šíleně Smutná Princezna  album art Helena Vondráčková, Václav Neckář, Jan Hammer Helena Vondráčková, Václav Neckář, Jan Hammer - Šíleně Smutná Princezna Ne A Ne Records Czechoslovakia 1992 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Beyond The Mind's Eye album art Jan Hammer Beyond The Mind's Eye (Album) MCA Records US 1992 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Drive album art Jan Hammer Drive (Album) Miramar, Miramar US 1994 Sell This Version
none Jan Hammer - Police Quest 3 (The Kindred Soundtrack) album art Jan Hammer Police Quest 3 (The Kindred Soundtrack)(21xFile, MP3, 320 + 3xFile, MP3, 256 + 4xFile, MP3) Quest Studios (2) none US 2006
PMR-031 Jan Hammer - Live In Berlin album art Stone Alliance Special Guest: Jan Hammer Stone Alliance Special Guest: Jan Hammer - Live In Berlin(CDr, Album) PM PMR-031 US 2010 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Seasons Pt. 1 album art Jan Hammer Seasons Pt. 1 (Album) Red Gate Records (2) Europe 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Jan Hammer - Oh, Yeah? album art Jan Hammer Oh, Yeah? Nemperor Records US 1976 Sell This Version
#265 - #268 Jan Hammer - Nightbird & Company album art Bill Wyman, Tom Rush, Queen, Jan Hammer Bill Wyman, Tom Rush, Queen, Jan Hammer - Nightbird & Company(2x12") Nightbird & Company #265 - #268 US 1976 Sell This Version
ST-PR-276, PR 276 Jan Hammer - The Original Performances album art Jan Hammer The Original Performances(7", EP, Promo) Nemperor Records, Nemperor Records ST-PR-276, PR 276 US 1976 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Too Much To Lose album art Jan Hammer Too Much To Lose (Single) Nemperor Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Jan Hammer - Oh, Pretty Woman album art Jan Hammer Oh, Pretty Woman (Single) Asylum Records US 1979 Sell This Version

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October 1, 2003
Jan Hammer is a very interesting person in electronic music history . Born in Prague , Czechoslawakia he started to play the piano at the age of 4 !!! As a 14 year old teenager he already had his own 3 piece Jazz Combo that toured Eastern Europe . Soon he moved tot the USA , where he spent a year as musical conductor/keyboarder with Sara Vaughn . Both on stage and in the recording studio . After that he joined the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA - John McLaughlin's JAZZ-ROCK Supergroup that consisteted of 8 Top-Notch artists , selling more than 2 million records and touring the world for a few years . His next project was a duo with Jerry Goodman , also a member of the MAhavishnu Orchestra and Leader of THE FLOCK from Chicago where he played violin in the late 60ies . Their collaberation was well received . His first real Solo Project was the 1975 album "THE FIRST 7 DAYS" , that is going to be re-released and remastered in late 2003 . Here he goes deep into the possibilies of (mainly Moog) Synthesizers and other electronic instruments . A milestone that bridges the Jazz-Rock Scene with the electronic movement . A really mindblowing piece of work , that still doesn't fail to impress today ! Next was a project with JEFF BECK . A live recorded album that moves heavy into the ROCK Side of Jazz-Rock . He continued to tour and record as The Jan Hammer Group with heavyweight artists like Neal Schon (Santana, Journey ) Al Di Meola , even Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page joined in . In the mid-eighties he started to get involved in the Soundtrack scene , which made him famous . Miami Vice was musically his brainchild . He brought that flair of modern , vivid and technologic advanced life to the series and his compositions mingled with with well chosen Pop-Songs went into 10 Soundtrack albums from MIAMI VICE , that all went platinum ... For the rest of the story click www.janhammer.com

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