By Alan Davies
Saturday, January 12, 2013
TENOR sax star Scott Hamilton makes a very welcome return to Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City this weekend.
The Scott Hamilton Quartet plays Campus West on Sunday night from 8pm.
It will be Scott’s first performance at the jazz club since packing the house in Codicote a couple of years ago.
He has been globally recognised as being a musician at the vanguard of his genre since hitting the scene in New York in 1977, playing with Roy Eldridge and Poppa Jo Jones.
Scott’s show in WGC is sure to be one of the highlights of the Herts Jazz Club winter 2013 season.
A club spokesman said of the upcoming gig: “A firm favourite of British jazz audiences, we’re looking forward to a great night again.”
Scott takes his inspiration from the pre-Coltrane era saxophone greats – Ben Webster, Zoot Sims and Don Byas.
He was a lone maverick in the late 70s, evoking the swing tradition at a time when the electric fusion of jazz and funk was in vogue.
Swimming against the tide, a persistent Hamilton carved out a niche for himself, foreshadowing the arrival of the ‘Young Lions’ retro-movement yet to come in the early 80s. Scott’s concerts are a rarity to be savoured.
He’ll be joined in the Terrace Suite by John Pearce on piano, Dave Green on bass and Herts Jazz’s very own Clark Tracey on drums.
Tickets are selling well and cost £13 in advance, £16 at the door and £10 for club members.
To bring jazz to a wider audience and entice newcomers to the genre, the concert costs just £5 for students and under-21s.
Book online at http://www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk/whatsonstage.html
* For more information about Herts Jazz Club, see www.hertsjazz.co.uk