Richard Hammond is a Brooklyn based electric and acoustic bass player. Originally from Dargaville (a small rural town in the North of New Zealand) he had the good fortune to attend Dargaville High School at a time when it had an outsize, active music department. Playing with the school’s Jazz Orchestra by age 13 he got to travel to the National Tauranga Jazz Festival on a yearly basis where he got to meet other young NZ musicians developing their craft. He auditioned and won the bass chair for the NZ Jazz Youth Orchestra at age 16, also getting to tour NZ with the Roger Fox Band while still attending High School.
At age 22 he won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he spent countless hours practicing, playing and honing his skills. While in Boston he was a member of Bob Moses’s Mozamba for a stint, that at that time included members Luciana Souza and Jaques Schwarzbart.
Moving to NYC he attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his Masters Degree, again with the help of scholarship. After graduating he was finally free to pursue the dream of working as a musician in New York. Starting off down on Bleecker St, playing clubs like the Bitter End and Terra Blues, he reconnected with many of his Berklee friends and established new musical connections, that led to his first major touring gig with Angelique Kidjo. Following that, he started to establish himself in NY as a first call bass player that could bring vibe, energy, authenticity and deep musicianship across a broad array of musical styles, both live and in the studio.
He has had the good fortune to work with a broad array of world class artists and musicians, playing on many major filmscores, national jingle campaigns, and several grammy nominated albums. He has been a member of Grammy Award and multi-Tony award winning production of Hamilton - An American Musical since it’s Off-Broadway run at the Public Theatre in NYC in 2015, and continues to tour with the likes of Patti Austin, Joan Osborne, Raul Midon and Jonatha Brooke.