Scott Hamilton (musician)

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Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton in 2015
Scott Hamilton in 2015
Background information
Born (1954-09-12) September 12, 1954 (age 68)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Instrument(s)Tenor saxophone
Years active1970s–present

Scott Hamilton (born September 12, 1954)[1] is an American jazz tenor saxophonist associated with swing and straight-ahead jazz. His eldest son, Shō Īmura, is the vocalist of the Japanese rock band Okamoto's.[2][3]


Ray Brown (left) and Scott Hamilton in 1979
Scott Hamilton in Aarhus, Denmark, 2018

He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, United States.[1] Hamilton began to play the tenor saxophone at the age of sixteen.[4] In 1976, he moved to New York City and played with Benny Goodman at the end of the decade.[4] Most often he has been the leader of bands.[4] He has worked with Ruby Braff and Warren Vache.[4]

He recorded his first significant jazz album as a leader for Chiaroscuro in 1977.[1] The same year, he proceeded to record his first 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.[1] 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 following his death in 2008. In 2013 and 2014, Hamilton worked with Andrea Motis and Joan Chamorro.


As leader[edit]

  • 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)
  • Live at Concord '77 with Ross Tompkins, Joe Venuti, Ray Brown, Jake Hanna (Concord Jazz, 1978)
  • Back to Back with Buddy Tate (Concord Jazz, 1979)
  • No Bass Hit with Jake Hanna, Dave McKenna (Concord Jazz, 1979)
  • Tenorshoes (Concord Jazz, 1980)
  • Skyscrapers with Warren Vache (Concord Jazz, 1980)
  • Apples and Oranges (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • Scott's Buddy with Buddy Tate (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • Close Up (Concord Jazz, 1982)
  • Tour De Force with Al Cohn (Concord Jazz, 1982)
  • A First with Ruby Braff (Concord Jazz, 1985)
  • A Sailboat in the Moonlight with Ruby Braff (Concord Jazz, 1986)
  • Major League with Jake Hanna, Dave McKenna (Concord Jazz, 1986)
  • A Sound Investment with Flip Phillips (Concord Jazz, 1987)
  • Plays Ballads (Concord Jazz, 1989)
  • Radio City (Concord Jazz, 1990)
  • The Gene Harris/Scott Hamilton Quintet: At Last (Concord Jazz, 1990)
  • Groovin' High with Ken Peplowski, Spike Robinson (Concord Jazz, 1992)
  • Race Point with Gerald Wiggins, Andy Simpkins, Jeff Hamilton, Howard Alden (Concord Jazz, 1992)
  • Scott Hamilton with Strings (Concord Jazz, 1993)[5]
  • East of the Sun (Concord Jazz, 1993)
  • Organic Duke (Concord Jazz, 1994)
  • Live at the Brecon Jazz Festival (Concord Jazz, 1995)
  • Groovin' High: Live at EJ's (JLR, 1996)
  • 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)
  • Live at Jazztone Loerrach with Olaf Polziehn (Satin Doll, 2006)
  • Zootcase with Alan Barnes (Woodville 2007)
  • Across the Tracks (Concord Jazz, 2008)
  • Mainstream Giants of Jazz (Robinwood, 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, 2011)
  • Scott Hamilton Meets Jesper Thilo (Stunt, 2011)
  • How About You with Bernard Pichl (Organic, 2011)
  • 'Round Midnight with Harry Allen (Challenge, 2012)
  • Remembering Billie (Blue Duchess, 2013)
  • Swedish Ballads & More with Jan Lundgren (Stunt, 2013)
  • I Could Write a Book with Andrea Pozza (Fone, 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)
  • The Shadow of Your Smile (Blau, 2016)
  • Live! with Harry Allen (Gac 2016)
  • La Rosita (Blau, 2016)
  • The Best Things in Life with Karin Krog (Stunt, 2016)
  • Ballads for Audiophiles with Paolo Birro, Alfred Kramer, Aldo Zunino (Fone, 2017)
  • Triple Treat with Leah Kline, Francesca Tandoi (2017)
  • Meets the Piano Players (Organic, 2017)
  • The Things We Did Last Summer with Champian Fulton (Blau, 2017)
  • Moon Mist (Blau, 2018)
  • Street of Dreams (Blau, 2019)

As sideman[edit]

With Ruby Braff

  • A First (Concord Jazz, 1985)
  • A Sailboat In The Moonlight (Concord Jazz 1986)
  • Mr. Braff to You (Phontastic, 1986)
  • Volume One (Concord Jazz, 1991)
  • Volume Two (Concord Jazz, 1992)
  • For the Last Time (Arbors, 2008)

With Rosemary Clooney

  • Everything's Coming Up Rosie (Concord Jazz, 1977)
  • Here's to My Lady (Concord Jazz, 1979)
  • Rosemary Clooney Sings the Lyrics of Ira Gershwin (Concord Jazz, 1980)
  • With Love (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • Rosemary Clooney Sings the Music of Cole Porter (Concord Jazz, 1982)
  • Rosemary Clooney Sings the Music of Harold Arlen (Concord Jazz, 1983)
  • Rosemary Clooney Sings the Music of Irving Berlin (Concord Jazz, 1984)
  • Rosemary Clooney Sings Ballads (Concord, 1985)
  • Rosemary Clooney Sings the Music of Jimmy Van Heusen (Concord Jazz, 1986)
  • Rosemary Clooney Sings the Lyrics of Johnny Mercer (Concord Jazz, 1987)
  • Show Tunes (Concord Jazz, 1989)
  • Do You Miss New York? (Concord Jazz, 1993)

With others

  • Harry Allen, Just You, Just Me (BMG/Novus 2003)
  • Harry Allen, Stompin' the Blues (Arbors, 2008)
  • Karrin Allyson, Scott Hamilton, Concord Jazz Festival All-Stars, Fujitsu-Concord 27th Jazz Festival (Concord 1996)
  • Tony Bennett & k.d. lang, A Wonderful World (RPM/Columbia 2002)
  • Bill Berry, For Duke (M&K, 1978)
  • Ed Bickert, At Toronto's Bourbon Street (Concord Jazz, 1983)
  • Jimmy Bruno, Live at Birdland II (Concord Jazz, 1999)
  • John Bunch, John's Other Bunch (Famous Door, 1977)
  • Charlie Byrd, It's a Wonderful World (Concord Jazz, 1989)
  • Charlie Byrd, My Inspiration (Concord Picante, 1999)
  • Benny Carter, A Gentleman and His Music (Concord Jazz, 1985)
  • Dany Doriz, Scott Hamilton Plays with The Dany Doriz Caveau De La Huchette Orchestra (Fremeaux & Associes, 2014)
  • Manfredo Fest, Oferenda (Concord Picante, 1993)
  • Chris Flory, Duke Robillard, Blues in My Heart (Stony Plain, 2007)
  • Chris Flory, The Chris Flory Quintet Featuring Scott Hamilton (Arbors, 2011)
  • Jay Geils, Jay Geils Plays Jazz! (Stony Plain, 2005)
  • Steve Goodman, Say It in Private (Asylum, 1977)
  • Woody Herman, Presents a Concord Jam Volume 1 (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • Woody Herman, A Great American Evening Vol. 3 (Concord Jazz 1983)
  • Eddie Higgins, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Venus, 2002)
  • Eddie Higgins, A Handful of Stars (Venus, 2009)
  • Eiji Kitamura, Dear Friends (Concord Jazz, 1980)
  • Brian Lemon, Roy Williams, How Long Has This Been Going On? (Zephyr, 1996)
  • Tina May, I'll Take Romance (Linn, 2003)
  • Susannah McCorkle, Sabia (Concord Jazz, 1990)
  • Dave McKenna, No Holds Barred (Famous Door, 1979)
  • Butch Miles, Miles and Miles of Swing (Famous Door, 1978)
  • Andrea Motis, Live at Jamoboree Barcelona (Swit 2013)
  • Red Norvo, Red in New York (Famous Door, 1977)
  • Gerry Mulligan, Soft Lights & Sweet Music (Concord Jazz, 1986)
  • Ken Peplowski, Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool (Concord Jazz, 1990)
  • Flip Phillips, Flip Philllips Celebrates His 80th Birthday at the March of Jazz 1995 (Arbors, 2003)
  • Duke Robillard, Swing (Rounder, 1987)
  • Duke Robillard, A Swinging Session with Duke Robillard (DixieFrog, 2008)
  • Jess Roden, The Player Not the Game (Island, 1977)
  • Roomful of Blues, The First Album (Varrick 1988)
  • Derek Smith, The Man I Love (Progressive, 1978)
  • Maxine Sullivan, Uptown (Concord Jazz, 1985)
  • Maxine Sullivan, Swingin' Sweet (Concord Jazz, 1988)
  • Cal Tjader, The Shining Sea (Concord Jazz, 1981)
  • Cal Tjader, Both Sides of the Coin (Concord Picante, 2001)
  • Larry Vuckovich, Somethin' Special (Tetrachord Music 2011)
  • Warren Vaché Jr., Blues Walk (Dreamstreet, 1978)
  • Bob Wilber, Bob Wilber and the Scott Hamilton Quartet (Chiaroscuro, 1977)


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 183. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ "OKAMOTO'Sの記事一覧". Real Sound (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  3. ^ "Naruto Music: Okamoto's". Manga UK. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  4. ^ a b c d Yanow, Scott (2000). Swing. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. pp. 357–359. ISBN 978-0-87930-600-7.
  5. ^ Holden, Stephen (14 February 1993). "Record Brief". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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