SCOTT HAMILTON QUARTET Sat 10th Aug 8.00pm-9.15pm at GUILDHALL THEATRE (advance £26, standard £28)
LINEUP: Scott Hamilton tenor sax / John Pearce piano / Dave Green double bass / Steve Brown drums
Scott Hamilton, with his golden tone, has long been amongst the world’s top jazz tenor saxophonists. He is American by birth and emerged on the New York scene in the 1970s. He has played throughout the world with all the big names in swing and modern mainstream jazz. Now based in Europe, and a regular visitor to London, Scott has two UK residencies each year and has become a Brecon favourite. He appears with long-time quartet and UK lineup, John Pearce (piano), Dave Green (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
Expect the highest quality classic jazz from Scott and his musical associates as they present a mixture of jazz standards and originals, including tracks from their recent album ‘Dean Street Nights’. Aside from annual visits to Soho’s Pizza Express, Scott regularly tours Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Japan, Spain and Italy, and returns to America three or four times a year to play at festivals. We are delighted to welcome Scott and the Quartet back to Brecon: as one online commentator remarks, “there is no question he is one of the finest saxophonists in the world. His smooth style and iconic tone set him apart from the rest”. We agree.
What they say:
John Fordham, Guardian review 8 January 2013
In the fourth decade of a jazz career in which he has always made a subtle art sound easy, US saxophonist Scott Hamilton still caresses old standards with the same urbane ecstasy he always has..one of jazz’s most eloquent balladeers. Although jazz is now a very different music to the sleek, swinging one Hamilton absorbed from his dad’s records as a boy, nobody can accuse Hamilton of living in the past. In these casual masterclasses in jazzmaking on standard songs, Hamilton has not only helped rekindle the style for younger audiences, but has become a significant model for young players too.
Our BJF2019 concert featuring the Quartet includes: John Pearce on piano: gentle, lyrical and thoughtful, John is regarded one of Britain’s most respected and versatile musicians. He is a long-standing member of Scott’s lineup. Dave Green on double bass. Since his first public performances with childhood friend Charlie Watts in the late 1950s, Dave has been the bassist of choice for a whole string of jazz luminaries, including Humphrey Lyttelton, Stan Tracey and visiting US stars at Ronnie Scott’s, including Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Roland Kirk and Sonny Rollins. Steve Brown on drums. Steve began playing drums at age 14 and by the time he was 23 had become the first-call drummer in Manchester. Since coming to London he has worked with many of the world’s finest musicians, including Benny Golson, Benny Green, Junior Mance, John Bunch and Monty Alexander – and of course Scott Hamilton. Steve regularly appears with other top UK musicians including Tina May, Karen Sharp and Nikki Iles.
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