Scott Hamilton (musician)

Scott Hamilton ( born September 12, 1954 in Providence, Rhode Iceland ) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist of the swing, which is considered one of the greatest saxophonists of mainstream jazz since the 1990s.

Life and work

Hamilton worked in the New England states, before he moved to New York in 1976. There he first played with Roy Eldridge, Tiny Grimes, Carol Sloane and John Bunch and on whose recommendation in the orchestra of Benny Goodman. In the late 1970s he played a lot with Warren Vache and Ruby Braff and accompanied Rosemary Clooney. In the 1980s, he went as a soloist with the Concord Jazz All-Stars and the Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars by George Wein, to which he belonged since 1985, on tour. He has published more than 35 albums under his own name. In addition, he recorded with musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Flip Phillips, Al Cohn, Cal Tjader, Charlie Byrd or Red Norvo. It often occurs in the UK.

His style is influenced by Ben Webster and Don Byas and is based on the classic swing and mainstream saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry, Lester Young and Zoot Sims.


Hamilton's music will be released on Concord Records under his own name.


Lexigraphic entries

  • Ian Carr et al Jazz Rough Guide. Metzler, Stuttgart 1999, ISBN 3-476-01584- X
  • Richard Cook Jazz Encyclopedia London: Penguin, 2007; ISBN 978-0-141-02646-6