Our Next Concert (2)

Saturday 12th January  2019


The return of Scott to Berkhamsted is long overdue and we are delighted

 to welcome him back along with John Pearce, Dave Green and Steve Brown, 

truly a world-class combination.

"Following a Scott Hamilton solo is like listening to a great conversationalist in full flow.

First comes the voice, the inimitable, assured sound of his tenor saxophone, then the informal style,

 and finally the amazing fluency and eloquent command of the jazz language"   (Dave Gelly)


A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Scott started playing the saxophone at the age of sixteen having been attracted to the sound of Johnny Hodges.  Six years later, in 1976, he moved to New York where he was helped to get established by Roy Eldridge who arranged work with the likes of Hank Jones, Anita O'Day, Illinois Jacquet and Vic Dickenson.  It was invaluable experience to work with the greats from earlier generations.  Thanks to pianist John Bunch he made his first recording that year and had a brief spell performing with Benny Goodman.  The following year he formed his own band and was signed up to the prestigious Concord record label leading to national and international fame in the jazz world.  Scott has now played with the current quartet for a number of years and is at his happiest playing with them in a club atmosphere.


John has for many years been one of the most in demand pianists in the country and replaced the fondly remembered Brian Lemon in the quartet in 2005.  He has travelled the world and played with a long list of famous artists including such legends as Robert Farnon, James Last and Billy May.  He also spent ten years with the popular quartet led by Ray Ellington and has accompanied singers of the highest calibre such as Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, Annie Ross and Mark Murphy.  His all-round virtuosity and tastefully fluid style makes him the ideal pianist for this top notch quartet.


Dave is one of the most respected jazz bass players in the world. The list of musicians he has worked and recorded with is far too long to list, but just the tenor players would include Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Roland Kirk and Sonny Rollins.  The range of musical settings he has played in is likewise vast, ranging from Stan Tracey, Lol Coxhill, Michael Garrick, Don Rendell and Ian Carr to Humphrey Lyttelton, Chris Barber, Bruce Turner and New Orleans veteran Captain John Handy.  He also regularly performs internationally with bands led by his childhood friend Charlie Watts.


Steve is a regular performer at Berkhamsted and one the country's finest drummers, being regularly recognised as such in jazz polls.  Steve joined the quartet in 2000 and has toured and recorded extensively with Scott ever since.  His reputation with U.S. musicians is ever growing, having recorded and accompanied such greats as Junior Mance, Conte Candoli, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Mundell Lowe.  Additionally, he is always displaying a smile that tells you he is enjoying what he does, as do we.