Assistant Professor of Jazz & Classical Double Bass
Jon Hamar is a versatile artist who has been recognized for his ability to find a tasteful unique voice in any musical situation. Jon recently moved from Seattle to Knoxville, Tennessee joining the University of Tennessee School of Music.
Jon has two degrees to show for his years of study. Jon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Double Bass Performance from Eastern Washington University under the tutelage of Roma Vayspapir and Kelly Ferris. Jon graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Master’s degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media, studying with Jeffrey Campbell, James Vandermark, Harold Danko, Clay Jenkins, Raymond Ricker, and Fred Sturm.Jon has performed with Ernestine Anderson, Benny Golson, Bob Mintzer, Steve Wilson, Benny Green, Regina Carter, Jeff Hamilton, Sachal Vasandani, Geoffrey Keezer, Terrell Stafford, and Pete Christlieb. Jon also performs regularly in an orchestral setting recording on movie soundtracks, and playing recitals and concerts.