Scott Hamilton (musician)

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Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton & Ray Brown.jpg
Ray Brown (left) and Scott Hamilton in 1979
Background information
Born (1954-09-12) September 12, 1954 (age 64)
Providence, Rhode Island
GenresJazz, swing
InstrumentsTenor saxophone
Years active1970s–present
Associated actsGene Harris

Scott Hamilton (born September 12, 1954) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist associated with swing and mainstream jazz.


Scott Hamilton at the Cosmopolite in Oslo, Norway, December 2015
Scott Hamilton in Aarhus, Denmark, 2018

He emerged in the 1970s in rhythm and blues bands in Providence, Rhode Island, then played jazz on tenor saxophone. In part at the recommendation of Roy Eldridge, he moved to New York City in 1976 and toured with Benny Goodman.[1] He recorded his first significant jazz album as a leader for Chiaroscuro in 1977. The same year, he proceeded to record his debut album for Concord, with whom he maintained a long recording career as a solo act and as a member of the Concord Jazz All Stars. He accompanied singer Rosemary Clooney in the studio and on the road for a decade.

During the 1980s, he toured Japan, Sweden, the UK, and performed at the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France. In the 1990s he moved to London and formed a quartet with John Pearce, Dave Green, and Steve Brown.In 2007 he made a guest appearance at the Brecon Jazz Festival accompanied by Humphrey Lyttelton and his band. Part of this concert was shown on BBC Four as Humph's Last Stand, a tribute to Lyttelton after his death in 2008. In 2013 and 2014 Hamilton worked with Andrea Motis and Joan Chamorro.


  • Scott Hamilton Is a Good Wind Who Is Blowing Us No Ill (Concord Jazz, 1977)
  • Scott Hamilton 2 (Concord Jazz, 1978)
  • Scott Hamilton and Warren Vache (with Scott's Band in New York) (Concord Jazz, 1978)
  • Back to Back (Concord Jazz, 1979)
  • No Bass Hit with Jake Hanna and Dave McKenna (Concord Jazz, 1979)
  • Tenorshoes (Concord Jazz, 1980)
  • Skyscrapers with Warren Vache (Concord Jazz, 1980)
  • Apples & Oranges (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • Scott's Buddy with Buddy Tate (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • Close Up (Concord Jazz, 1982)
  • The Second Set (Concord Jazz, 1984)
  • A First with Ruby Braff (Concord Jazz, 1985)
  • Soft Lights & Sweet Music with Gerry Mulligan (Concord Jazz, 1986)
  • Major League with Jake Hanna and Dave McKenna (Concord Jazz, 1986)
  • The Right Time (Concord Jazz, 1987)
  • A Sound Investment with Flip Phillips (Concord Jazz, 1987)
  • Scott Hamilton Plays Ballads (Concord Jazz, 1989)
  • Grand Appearance (Progressive, 1990)
  • Radio City (Concord Jazz, 1990)
  • At Last with Gene Harris (Concord Jazz, 1990)
  • Groovin' High with Ken Peplowski and Spike Robinson (Concord Jazz, 1992)
  • Race Point (Concord Jazz, 1992)
  • Scott Hamilton with Strings (Concord Jazz, 1993)[2] arranged by pianist Alan Broadbent
  • East of the Sun (Concord Jazz, 1993)
  • Organic Duke (Concord Jazz, 1994)
  • Live at the Brecon Jazz Festival (Concord Jazz, 1995)
  • My Romance (Concord Jazz, 1996)
  • After Hours (Concord Jazz, 1997)
  • Christmas Love Song (Concord Jazz, 1997)
  • The Red Door with Bucky Pizzarelli (Concord, 1998)
  • Blues Bop & Ballads (Concord Jazz, 1999)
  • Jazz Signatures (Concord Jazz, 2001)
  • Scott Hamilton Quartet Live in London (Concord Jazz, 2003)
  • Heavy Juice with Harry Allen (Concord Jazz, 2004)
  • Back in New York (Concord Jazz, 2005)
  • Nocturnes & Serenades (Concord Jazz, 2006)
  • Across the Tracks (Concord Jazz, 2008)
  • Mainstream Giants of Jazz (Robinwood Productions, 2009)
  • Midnight at Nola's Penthouse with Rossano Sportiello (Arbors, 2010)
  • Hi-Ya with Alan Barnes (Woodville, 2010)
  • A Splendid Trio with Howard Alden and Frank Tate (Arbors, 2011)
  • Tight but Loose with Dusko Goykovich (Organic Music, 2011)
  • Scott Hamilton Meets Jesper Thilo (Stunt, 2011)
  • How About You with Bernard Pichl (Organic, 2011)
  • 'Round Midnight with Harry Allen (Challenge, 2012)
  • Swedish Ballads & More with Jan Lundgren (Charleston Square, 2013)
  • I Could Write a Book with Andrea Pozza (Fone, 2013)
  • Remembering Billie (Blue Duchess, 2013)
  • Live at Smalls (Smallslive, 2014)
  • Scott Hamilton Plays with the Dany Doriz Caveau de la Huchette Orchestra (Frémeaux & Associés, 2014)
  • Bean and the Boys with Paolo Birro and Alfred Kramer (Fone, 2015)
  • Who Cares? with Andrea Pozza (Fone, 2015)
  • Live in Bern with Jeff Hamilton (Capri, 2015)
  • Second Time Around with Dusko Goykovich (Organic, 2015)
  • Scott Hamilton Plays Jule Styne (Blue Duchess, 2015)
  • Live in Barcelona (DiscMedi, 2015)
  • La Rosita (DiscMedi, 2016)
  • The Best Things in Life with Karin Krog (Stunt, 2016)
  • Ballads for Audiophiles (Fone Jazz, 2017)
  • The Shadow of Your Smile (Discmedi, 2017)
  • Live at Pyatt Hall (Cellar Live, 2017)
  • Moon Mist (Blau, 2018)[3]


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Scott Hamilton". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (February 14, 1993). "Record Brief". The New York Times. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Scott Hamilton | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved December 9, 2018.

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