Tickets available now at
Clwyd Theatr Cymru on
01352 755114, or at
Tuesday 20 January / Dydd Mawrth 20 Ionawr
CLWYD THEATR CYMRU
MOLD CH7 1YA
Clwyd Room, Clwyd Theatre Cymru
Admission £12, Concessions £10, Schoolchildren £5
Further info: 01745 812260
“Following a Scott Hamilton solo is like listening to a great conversationalist in full flow. First comes the voice, the inimitable, assured sound of his tenor saxophone, then the informal style and finally the amazing fluency and eloquent command of the jazz language.”
- Dave Gelly, The Guardian
Universally acclaimed American tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton has long been regarded by admirers world wide as a consummate interpreter of ballads and blues played from the heart, with warm, lyrical tenor lines and an effortless sense of swing.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, the young Scott Hamilton arrived in New York in1976 and was soon performing with such greats as Hank Jones, Illinois Jacquet,Anita O’Day and Roy Eldridge. Although Eldridge was Scott’s champion, he pulled nopunches and could be extremely critical, something for which Scott has always beengrateful! Pianist John Bunch got Scott his first recording date, for the Famous Doorlabel, and was responsible for his association with Benny Goodman,which continued into the early 80’s.
Scott became a Concord recording artiste in 1977, the huge publicity that followedguaranteeing a heady round of clubs, festivals and recordings in America and Europe.Emerging as a mature player whose natural vocabulary was that of Ben Webster,Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Zoot Sims, Scott went on to record over 40high-quality, ever-swinging Concord albums, several of which feature British musiciansJohn Pearce, Dave Green and Steve Brown. This quartet, plus Dave Cliff andMark Nightingale, has recorded “Our Delight” for Alan Barnes’s Woodville label.Along the way he has made albums with Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan,Tommy Flanagan, Flip Phillips, Bob Wilber, Maxine Sullivan, Buddy Tate, WarrenVache, Jake Hanna, many with Rosemary Clooney, and a number withanother of his mentors, Ruby Braff.
Now based in Italy, Scott has large presence in the UK, with frequent stints at Soho’sPizza Express Jazz Club, British jazz club dates and festival work including Brecon,and the renowned annual Norwich Jazz Party. He regularly tours Europe and Japan,returning to the USA three or four times a year to play at festivals including the NewYork JVC Jazz Festival. In the inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards, Scott wasawarded the “Ronnie” for International Jazz Saxophonist of the Year
His playing has been described by fellow tenor saxman and Observer jazz critic Dave Gelly: “Following a Scott Hamilton solo is like listening to a greatconversationalist in full flow. First comes the voice, the inimitable, assured sound of histenor saxophone, then the informal style, and finally the amazing fluencyand eloquent command of the jazz language”.
No wonder Scott Hamilton is in demand the world over!!
Joining and accompanying Scott Hamilton for this evening's concert will be the first class Shades of Shearing, a guitar/vibes-led band that pays homage to the sophisticated style and sound of the classic George Shearing Quintet, featuring PAUL SAWTELL (vibes and piano), TREFOR OWEN and ANDY HULME (guitars), BILL COLEMAN (double bass) and DAVE HASSELL (drums).