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 below. AL

You saxy thing: Scott Hamilton hits Lewes - but sadly it’s the
last gig of 2006
139 The High St, Lewes
When? 7.30pm
How Much? £10.50

Lewes Jazz Club
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(t) 01273 476079 / 477081