Scott Hamilton

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Scott Hamilton is a world famous tenor saxophonist. Hamilton was raised in Rhode Island. It was during his early years in RI that he developed his early musical skills. Hamilton left RI in 1976 in order to become a part of the big-time jazz world.

Although Hamilton currently lives in London, he still makes appearances all around the world. His next tour will be in Maine over the summer of 2005. For more information on this tour, check out John Worsley's website (which you can get to by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page). Other recent tours include those of Italy and Slovakia. Also this summer, following his appearances in Maine, Hamilton will be going on tour with Harry Allen, who is also going to be performing with him in Maine. Hamilton has been Allen's mentor for a long time. They will be going to Italy first, followed by Sweden in September and Japan and the Orient in October and November. In the past, Hamilton has toured Europe and the Orient with Allen. They have also recorded three CDs together. Two of the CDs were released by Sony in Japan. The other one, "Heavy Juice," was released by Concord. "Heavy Juice" is a dynamic recording. This musical pair are considered to be one of the greatest two tenor saxophonist partnerships in jazz's history. Their style is constantly inventive and swinging. This CD is seen as one of the finest recordings of the duo.

In total, Hamilton has made more than 35 CDs for Concord. He has recorded with many jazz legends including Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Dave McKenna, and Gerry Mulligan. He won a Grammy last year for an album that he made with Tony Bennett. Another one of his very popular recordings is "With Strings." In this CD, he is paired with pianist Alan Braodbent, who also was the musical director, conductor, and arranger for the CD. Combined with the tenor saxophone are a strong rhythm section and a 20-piece string orchestra. His debut album with Concord Jazz was "A Good Wind Who Is Blowing Us No Ill," which was released in 1977. This CD essentially started the revival of swinging, mainstream jazz, including the warm sound and melodic improvisation of the past. Other CDs include "The Red Door" in which he and Bucky Pizzarelli Remember Zoot Sims, "Live in London," "Jazz Signatures," "Ballad Essentials," "Blues, Bop, Ballads," "After Hours," "East of the Sun," "At Last," "Tenorshoes," "Live at Birdland II," and "Late Night Christmas Eve." These are just a few of the many CDs of this incredible tenor saxophonist.

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