Chichester Jazz Club

Scott Hamilton Quartet

Friday, January 13, 2017

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From Providence, Rhode Island, Scott Hamilton had clarinet lessons when eight years old - but that was his only formal music tuition. Attracted to the sound of Johnny Hodges, it was as a teenager that he started seriously playing the saxophone.

He moved to New York in 1976 and, through Roy Eldridge, landed a six-week gig at Michael’s Pub. Roy also paved the way for him to work with Anita O’Day and Hank Jones.

Although it was the tail-end of the old New York jazz scene, a lot of the greats were still playing and Scott took the opportunity to work with and learn from them. He started recording and then enjoyed a long spell with Benny Goodman, with whom he worked at various times until the early 1980s. In 1977 he formed his own quartet when he began recording on the Concord record label, making more than forty albums including some with his regular British quartet of John Pearce, Dave Green and Steve Brown.

For some years he was based in London, where he had first played in 1978, but he now travels the world from Italy. Each year, in addition to three residencies with the quartet at the Pizza Express and other British jazz clubs, he regularly tours internationally, returning to America each year.

Writing in The Observer, Dave Gelly says, ‘A supreme master of the jazz tenor saxophone who gets better with the years – even more swinging, more adventurous’.

Line-up: Scott Hamilton – tenor sax, John Pearce – piano, Dave Green – bass, Steve Brown - drums.

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