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"My life of Jazz"
Andy Hamilton
Andy Hamilton

At 85 years old, Birmingham Jazz legend Andy Hamilton can still be heard blowing his sax at venues across the city.

We caught up with the great man himself for a chat about his life of Jazz.

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Andy Hamilton's Lady Community School of Music

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Andy Hamilton and the Bluenotes

Ladywood Community School of Music

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CATCH ANDY AND THE BLUENOTES LIVE IN BRUM

Andy Hamilton and the Bluenotes

Venue: The Bearwood Corks Club, 558 Bearwood Road, B66

Date: Every Thursday

Also Andy plays a Sunday lunchtime gigs at the Drum.

Venue: The drum 144, Potters Lane, Aston Birmingham B6 4UU

Date: Every Sunday

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His unmistakable style of Jazz music vividly retains the colour and energy of his long-ago homeland.

The colourful life of Andy Hamilton...

Andy Hamilton
Andy and his Sax

Born in 1918, in Port Maria in Jamaica, he made his first "sax" from bamboo. He formed his first band, Silvershine, with a group of friends in 1928. During the early 40's he entertained several celebrities, including Errol Flynn aboard the movie star's yacht.

In 1949 Andy Hamilton came to the UK, settling in Birmingham and formed his band the Bluenotes. In time he became an icon of the city's Jazz scene.

For over 50 years Andy has set up venues and concerts across the city, providing after show entertainment for visiting celebrities including the West Indian Cricket teams in the 1950's.

Home is where the heart is…

Andy Hamilton
Andy Hamilton blowing his horn

Andy rarely ventured outside Birmingham and became a local celebrity who regularly played at civic functions, organised nights and opened venues where people from all ages and backgrounds are made welcome.

Debut album at 72 years old…

Over the years he's built a significant reputation among visiting Jazzmen. However he didn’t record any albums until the age of 72. His debut album "Silvershine" was released and became the biggest selling UK Jazz Album of the Year. He plays regularly at prestigious international venues and festivals, across Europe.

An interview with the great man himself

Andy Hamilton
Painting of Andy Hamilton by local artist Richard Jones

We caught up with Andy Hamilton for an interview.

He talks about his love of music, memories of his early horn blowing days and the great Jazz legends he's played alongside.

"I hear my tunes in my dreams" - Andy

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Interview part two

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Live Jazz at the Corks Club…

Andy Hamilton and the Bluenotes
Andy and the Blue Notes at the Bearwood Corks Club

You can catch Andy and his band the Bluenotes at the Bearwood Corks Club where they're the resident band on a Thursday night.

With Andy's connections in the music world, regular visits to the club are made by some of the best Jazz musicians from Britain and overseas. Visit Andy’s website for more information plus a full schedule of gig dates.

Listen to Andy and his band...

Listen to Andy Hamilton and the Bluenotes live at the Bearwood Corks Club in Birmingham.

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Young musicians learn from the legend…

Courtney Hamilton-Foad
Courtney wants to follow in her grandad's footsteps

Andy Hamilton's enthusiasm for teaching has led to the establishment of The Ladywood Community School of Music.

Supported by the Millennium Commission, the school offers people of all ages the chance to learn from the truly great man of Jazz.

Read more about Andy Hamilton’s Ladywood Community School of Music.

Jamming with Paradigm Jaunt


Annil Chandra
talks about the inspirational influence of local Jazz legend Andy Hamilton on his band Paradigm Jaunt.
Paradigm Jaunt

 

 



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