Jazz - Scott Hamilton
First the good news. Scott Hamilton is a world class swing
jazzman from the States, a brilliant tenor saxist who burst
onto the scene in the mid 70’s, eschewing the disco-jazz
and fusion rot popular at the time and moving on where the
greats left off. Hamilton, influenced by the likes of Johnny
Hodges, Ben Webster and Al Cohn, hasn’t really changed
his approach since then: he doesn’t really need to.
He’s just got better. As pianist Dave McKenna says,
“Scott is one of the greatest saxophonists of all time.
He sounded at first like many of the masters, but then he
incorporated them into his own playing, and made them his
own." There’s a great story about Hamilton’s
prowess. He received a saxophone for his fourteenth birthday,
having studied the clarinet as a child. He practiced all day,
learnt how to master the instrument by early evening, and
walked to the nearby university, where he sat in with a jazz
band that was playing that night. He’s gone from strength
to strength. And tonight he’s playing in Lewes.
Now for the bad news. Lewes Jazz Club, hit by dwindling audiences,
is going to shut down, at least for the rest of the year.
The club, if it is going to re-open in the new year, desperately
needs someone to help with publicity. Do you love world-class
jazz in your home town? Maybe you are that person. Details