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

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

Hamilton started playing tenor saxophone at the age of sixteen.[1] In 1976 he moved to New York City and played with Benny Goodman at the end of the decade.[1] Most often he has been the leader of bands.[1] He has worked with Ruby Braff and Warren Vache.[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)
  • 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)[2]
  • 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)


  1. ^ a b c d Yanow, Scott (2000). Swing. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. pp. 357–359. ISBN 978-0-87930-600-7.
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (February 14, 1993). "Record Brief". The New York Times. Retrieved December 9, 2018.

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