Jan Hammer Biography (1948-)

Name is pronounced "Yon Hom-mer"; born April 17, 1948, in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic); immigrated to the United States, 1968; son of Jan Hammer, Sr. (a physician and a jazz musician); mother, a jazz singer; married, wife's name, Ivona; children: one daughter, one son.

Nationality
Czech
Gender
Male
Occupation
Musician, composer, music arranger
Birth Details
April 17, 1948
Prague, Czechoslovakia

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Music Performer
  • Secret Admirer, Orion, 1985
  • The Taking of Beverly Hills (also known as Boomer: The Taking of Beverly Hills), Columbia, 1991
  • "Miami Vice Theme," Charlie's Angels, Columbia, 2000
  • Television Work
  • Music Performer; Movies
  • Two Fathers' Justice (also known as Two Fathers), NBC, 1985
  • Charley Hannah, ABC, 1986
  • Song "Nowhere to Go," Clinton and Nadine (also known as Blood Money, Blood Money: The Story of Clinton and Nadine, and Night Hunt), HBO, 1988
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Les Paul: He Changed the Music (also known as Cinemax Sessions), Cinemax, 1988
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums; with Jeremy Steig
  • Energy, Capitol, 1970
  • Fusion, Capitol, 1981
  • Albums; with Elvin Jones
  • On the Mountain, PM Records, 1970
  • Merry-Go-Round, Blue Note, 1972
  • Mr. Jones, Blue Note, 1973
  • Prime Element, Blue Note, 1977
  • At This Point in Time, Blue Note, 1999
  • Albums; with the Mahavishnu Orchestra
  • The Inner Mounting Flame, Columbia, 1972
  • Between Nothingness and Eternity, Columbia, 1973
  • Birds of Fire, Columbia, 1973
  • Best of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Columbia, 1982
  • The Lost Trident Sessions, Columbia, 1999
  • Albums; with Steve Grossman
  • Some Shapes to Come, PM Records/One Way, 1974
  • Terra Firma, PM Records, 1976
  • Albums; with John Abercrombie
  • Timeless, ECM, 1974
  • (And with David Earle Johnson) Midweek Blues, Plug, 1983
  • Night, ECM, 1984
  • Works, ECM, 1991
  • Albums; with the Jan Hammer Group
  • Oh, Yeah?, Nemperor, 1976
  • Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live, Nemperor, 1977
  • Melodies, Nemperor, 1977
  • Black Sheep, Elektra/Asylum, 1978
  • Hammer, Elektra/Asylum, 1979
  • Beckology, Epic, 1991
  • Best of Beck, Epic, 1995
  • Albums; with Jeff Beck
  • Wired, Epic, 1976
  • Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live, Nemperor, 1977
  • There and Back, Epic, 1980
  • Flash (includes the song "Escape"), Epic, 1985
  • (Song "Even Odds") Who Else?, Epic, 1999
  • Albums; with David Earle Johnson
  • Time Is Free, Vanguard, 1977
  • Hip Address, CMP/One Way, 1980
  • (And with John Abercrombie) Midweek Blues, Plug, 1983
  • Albums; with Al Di Meola
  • Elegant Gypsy, Columbia, 1977
  • Splendido Hotel, Columbia, 1980
  • Electric Rendezvous, Columbia, 1982
  • Tour de Force--Live, Columbia, 1983
  • Scenario, Columbia, 1984
  • The Electric Anthology, One Way, 1995
  • This Is Jazz Volume 31, Columbia, 1997
  • Anthology, Columbia, 2000
  • Albums; with Neal Schon
  • Untold Passion, Columbia, 1981
  • Here to Stay, Columbia, 1983
  • No More Lies, Sony/Razor & Tie, 1998
  • Albums
  • (With the Jan Hammer Trio) Maliny Maliny (also known as Make Love), MPS, 1968
  • (With Frank Foster) Loud Minority, Mainstream, 1971
  • (With the Fania All-Stars) Latin Soul Rock, Fania, 1973
  • (With Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin) Love, Devotion, Surrender, Columbia, 1973
  • (With Billy Cobham) Spectrum, Atlantic, 1973
  • (With Horace Arnold) Tales of an Exonerated Flea, Columbia, 1973
  • (With Jerry Goodman) Like Children, Nemperor, 1974
  • (With Stanley Clarke) Stanley Clarke, Nemperor, 1974
  • The First Seven Days, Nemperor, 1975
  • (With Tommy Bolin) Teaser, Nemperor, 1975
  • (With Harvey Mason) Earthmover, Arista, 1976
  • (With Charlie Mariano) Helen Twelve Trees, MPS, 1976
  • (With Lenny White) Big City, Nemperor/Wounded Bird, 1977
  • (With Roy Buchanan) Loading Zone, Atlantic, 1977
  • (With Glen Moore) Introducing Glen Moore, Elektra, 1978
  • (With Tony Williams) The Joy of Flying, Columbia, 1979
  • (With Didier Lockwood) Live in Montreux, MPS, 1980
  • (With Yoshiaki Masuo) Finger Dancing, King, 1981
  • (With Tom Teeley) Tales of Glamour and Distress, A & M, 1984
  • (With James Young) City Slicker, Passport, 1985
  • Miami Vice, MCA, 1985
  • (With Mick Jagger) She's the Boss, Columbia, 1985
  • The Early Years (1974-77) (retrospective compilation), Nemperor, 1986 Sony, 1987
  • Escape from Television, MCA, 1987
  • (With Clarence Clemons) An Evening with Mr. C, Columbia, 1989
  • (With Steve Lukather) Lukather, Columbia, 1989
  • Snapshots, MCA, 1989
  • Beyond the Mind's Eye, Miramar/MCA, 1992
  • Drive, Miramar, 1995
  • Pure Moods (compilation album), Virgin, 1997
  • Snapshots 1.2, One Way, 2000
  • Hammer's music is also featured on other albums, including Tube Tunes.
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Music
  • Silene smutna princezna, [Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic)], 1968
  • A Night in Heaven, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Gimme an "F" (also known as T & A Academy), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Secret Admirer, Orion, 1985
  • V zaru kralovske e lasky (also known as The Flames of Royal Love), [Czech Republic], 1990
  • I Come in Peace (also known as Dark Angel), Triumph, 1991
  • The Taking of Beverly Hills (also known as Boomer: The Taking of Beverly Hills), Columbia, 1991
  • Midnight Heat (also known as Sunset Heat), New Line Cinema,1992
  • A Modern Affair (also known as A Fine Specimen, Mr. 247, and Number 247), Tara Releasing, 1994
  • Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus (also known as Beastmaster III), MCA Home Entertainment, 1995
  • In the Kingdom of the Blind (also known as In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King), Arrow Video, 1995
  • The Secret Agent Club, Cabin Fever Entertainment, 1996
  • The Corporate Ladder, Motion Picture Corporation of America, 1997
  • Jmeno kodu: Rubin (also known as Code Name: Ruby), [Czech Republic], 1997
  • Television Music
  • Series
  • Miami Vice (includes the "Miami Vice Theme"), NBC, 1984-1989
  • Eurocops (also known as Euroflics), 1988
  • Chancer, Central Television, 1990-1991
  • Vanishing Son, syndicated, 1994-1995
  • Prince Street, NBC, 1997
  • Movies
  • Two Fathers' Justice (also known as Two Fathers), NBC, 1985
  • Charley Hannah, ABC, 1986
  • Clinton and Nadine (also known as Blood Money, Blood Money: The Story of Clinton and Nadine, and Night Hunt), HBO, 1988
  • Curiosity Kills (also known as Curiosity Killed the Cat), USA Network, 1991
  • K-9000, Fox, 1991
  • Knight Rider 2000, NBC, 1991
  • The Babysitter's Seduction (also known as Death Pays the Sitter), NBC, 1996
  • Specials
  • Czeslaw Milosz: The Poet Remembers, PBS, 1990
  • Three's a Crowd, 1990
  • Episodic
  • "Mute Witness to Murder," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • "Three's a Crowd," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1990
  • Pilots
  • (Theme) Miami Vice: Brother's Keeper, NBC, 1985
  • Capital News, ABC, 1990
  • News at 12, 1991
  • (Theme) Prince Street, NBC, 1997
  • Music Videos
  • Music videos include "Too Much to Lose."
  • Videos
  • Beyond the Mind's Eye (animated), BMG Video, 1992
  • Video Games
  • Police Quest III: The Kindred, Sierra On-Line, 1992
  • Outlaw Racers, Mega Media, 1997

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Musicians, Volume 21, Gale, 1998
    • Contemporary Newsmakers, Volume 87, issue 3, Gale, 1988
    • Coryell, Julie, and Laura Friedman, Jazz-Rock Fusion: The People, theMusic, Delta, 1978
    Periodicals
    • Chicago Tribune, December 15, 1985
    • Contemporary Keyboard, October, 1978 May, 1982 September, 1985
    • Crawdaddy, November, 1973
    • Crescendo International, May, 1981
    • Detroit News, April 20, 1987
    • down beat, April 26, 1973 March 11, 1976 October 21, 1976 January26, 1978 November 26, 1980 March 26, 1983 June 26, 1985 September 26, 1986
    • Guitar Player, December, 1981 December, 1982
    • Los Angeles Times, December 7, 1983 October 27, 1985
    • Musical Journal, July/August, 1979
    • Musician, August, 1986
    • New York Times, May 19, 1985 October 16, 1985
    • People Weekly, February 21, 1983
    • Rolling Stone, April 14, 1983 March 28, 1985
    • Stereo Review, March, 1984 March, 1986 September, 1986
    • USA Today, February 26, 1986
    • Variety, October 21, 1981
    Electronic
    • Jan Hammer Web Site, http://www. anhammer.com, October 21, 2001

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