|Origin||Caguas, Puerto Rico|
|Genres||Jazz, latin jazz, smooth jazz, classical, salsa music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, producer, television producer|
|Instruments||Saxophone, flute, percussion,|
|Associated acts||Andy Montañez, Tito Puente|
Jazz Hamilton is a Puerto Rican saxophonist, recording artist, musical director, and composer. Known for his recordings on jazz, Latin jazz, smooth jazz and salsa genres, he also recorded two classical musical pieces in his album My Soul released in 2008, the classical piece Wolfgang Jacobi Sonata for alto saxophone and piano, and the theme "The Green Hornet". His execution and work on both of these musical pieces have been praised by critics. His main instruments are alto and soprano saxophones, but he also plays tenor and baritone saxophones. His collection of instruments include a Vintage Buescher straight-soprano saxophone (in his possession for over 25 years), which he plays with a Claude Lakey 7* mouth piece, and given to him by his professor over 30 years ago, a Vintage Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone that he plays with a Eugene Russeau Jazz metal mouth piece No. 9. For reeds he uses Rico Royal and La Voz.
After a long career as a professional musician in the genre of Jazz and Latin Jazz, touring all over the world as the lead Alto Sax player for artists such as El Maestro Tito Puente and Giovanni Hidalgo; as well as performing with internationally well known artists such as Sammy Davis Jr., Hilton Ruiz, Red Rodney, among others; and after a long career in the Salsa genre as the Musical Director for artists such as Marvin Santiago, Domingo Quiñones and Andy Montañez among otherst, in 1989 recording artist Jazz Hamilton launched his solo career performing in France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Central and South America, The Caribbean, throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
In 1990 he recorded his first solo album on the genre of Jazz titled Solar Rain. After the good reception of that album he recorded the albums Fantasy, Love in D Minor and Inolvidable.
In 2000 he released in Europe the tour for the concert Hamilton y Las Estrellas Del Pueblo, a concept created by Jazz Hamilton which resurrects the Traditional Salsa rhythms and styles of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. Working with original compositions from known composers of these eras, he enriched the harmony of each of the compositions with his own original musical arrangements, while keeping the essence of the thematic written by its original composers.
In 2004 the concept was enhanced and a tour was launched in 2004–2005 to cover Puerto Rico, Latin America and Florida.
In 2006 recording artist Jazz Hamilton became the Executive Producer for the TV Talk Show Elizabeth En Tu Agenda presented by his wife, Elizabeth Hernandez, which broadcast weekly on 3 different networks including Telemundo in the large Central Florida market.
In 2008 the album Hamilton Y Las Estrellas Del Pueblo was released. Reviews by Latin Lady DJ Margarita stated that "If you've ever wondered what it would have been like to experience the "Salsa Explosion" first-hand, then wonder no more! Jazz Hamilton y Las Estrellas Del Pueblo, deliver a heavy duty dose of... Salsa Gorda! "Relive" with this cd, as well as their DVD, the heart and soul of what the 70's in New York were all about... Salsa Clasica! On this endeavor you will be treated to a collection of well known favorites, as well as some new and original arrangements, along with an amazing list of guest vocalists. The list is truly incredible, the result is simply satisfying!".[this quote needs a citation] Review by Bruce Polin states that ”...you'll arrive at a kick-butt live salsa explosion featuring an ocean of salsa superstars.”[this quote needs a citation]
Also in 2008 his CD My Soul was featured on the cover and main story page of Latin Beat Magazine, August edition (titled Jazz Hamilton born to play jazz in the land of Salsa). His execution and work have been praised by critics such as Paul J Youngman as "Way out there", "A virtuoso".[this quote needs a citation] In 2009 he released his first Christmas CD Smooth Holidays.
- Mangual, Rudy (August 2008). "Jazz Hamilton: born to play jazz in the land of salsa". Latin Beat Magazine 18 (6).