His unmistakable style of Jazz music vividly retains the colour
and energy of his long-ago homeland.
colourful life of Andy Hamilton...
and his Sax
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.
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
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.
is where the heart is
Hamilton blowing his horn
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.
album at 72 years old
the years he's built a significant reputation among visiting Jazzmen.
However he didnt 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.
interview with the great man himself
of Andy Hamilton by local artist Richard Jones
caught up with Andy Hamilton for an interview.
talks about his love of music, memories of his early horn blowing
days and the great Jazz legends he's played alongside.
hear my tunes in my dreams" - Andy
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Jazz at the Corks Club
and the Blue Notes at the Bearwood Corks Club
can catch Andy and his band the Bluenotes at the Bearwood Corks
Club where they're the resident band on a Thursday night.
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.
website for more information plus a full schedule of gig
to Andy and his band...
to Andy Hamilton and the Bluenotes live at the Bearwood Corks Club
musicians learn from the legend
wants to follow in her grandad's footsteps
Hamilton's enthusiasm for teaching has led to the establishment
of The Ladywood Community School of Music.
by the Millennium Commission, the school offers people of all ages
the chance to learn from the truly great man of Jazz.
more about Andy Hamiltons Ladywood Community School of Music.
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