Jan Hammer

~ Person


Jan Hammer (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈɦamɛr]) (born 17 April 1948) is Czech-born American musician, composer and record producer. He first gained his most visible audience while playing keyboards with the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early 1970s, as well as his film scores for television and film including "Miami Vice Theme" and "Crockett's Theme", from the popular 1980s program, Miami Vice. He has continued to work as both a musical performer and producer, expanding to producing film later in his career.

Hammer has collaborated with some of the era's most influential jazz and rock musicians such as John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Tommy Bolin, Neal Schon, Steve Lukather, and Elvin Jones among many others. He has composed and produced at least 14 original motion picture soundtracks, the music for 90 episodes of Miami Vice and 20 episodes of the popular British television series Chancer.

His compositions have won him several Grammy Awards.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 The First Seven Days Jan Hammer 4
1978 Black Sheep Jan Hammer 1
1981 Untold Passion Neal Schon & Jan Hammer 1
1982 Here to Stay Neal Schon & Jan Hammer 1
1985 City Slicker James Young with Jan Hammer 1
1985 Music from the Televisions Series "Miami Vice" Jan Hammer 1
1992 Beyond the Mind's Eye Jan Hammer 1
1994 Drive Jan Hammer 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Early Years Jan Hammer 3 2
1987 Escape From Television Jan Hammer 3
2000 Snapshots 1.2 Jan Hammer 1
2006 The Best of Miami Vice Jan Hammer 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Miami Vice: The Complete Collection Jan Hammer 2
2006 Police Quest 3 - The Kindred Soundtrack Jan Hammer 1
Secret Admirer Jan Hammer 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Crockett's Theme Jan Hammer 3
1993 Seeds of Life Jan Hammer Vocals by Chris Thompson 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Snapshots Jan Hammer 1

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