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Scott Hamilton

Jazz sax icon Scott Hamilton has recorded dozens of albums, and has a catalog of sessions with renowned artists to his credit--including Rosemary Clooney, and a guest spot on Bing Crosby's final recording.

Producer Duke Robillard first met Scott Hamilton, Scott was 15 years old playing Blues harmonica and leading a blues band in Providence, Rhode Island. One short year later he switched to tenor saxophone, and there were rumors of his ability to play Lester Young's blues "Back to the Land," note for note.

Being brought up in a home where his dad had exposed him to early jazz at a very young age and woke him up as a young boy to witness Louis Armstrong on late night television couldn't have hurt his interest in swinging mainstream jazz. It seemed to be in artist/art professor Robert Hamilton's plan -to instill a love of jazz into his son's heart and mind.

Whether or it was that early exposure to swing that got the wheels turning in Scott's head, it wasn't long before he started mastering the art of the tenor saxophone.

Scott first played R&B tenor, influenced by Red Prysock and Rusty Bryant, among others. Within a year, Scott's playing reflected the influence

of Gene Ammons , Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Lockjaw Davis, Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins.

After a stint in a Providence bistro with legendary swing era trumpeter Roy Eldridge, who convinced Scott he should try New York City, Scott quickly moved there. Soon he was gigging at many jazz spots in Manhattan. including Jimmy Ryan's and Eddie Condon's--some of the last holdouts of the swing era sounds in the city in the 1970's. Scott even spent time playing with Benny Goodman in a small band with fellow Rhode Islander Chris Flory on guitar. Following the release of "Remembering Billie," the critics agree-- after 40 plus years of recording and touring worldwide, Scott is at the top of his game.

"Scott Hamilton's instant classic, "Remembering Billie." is now available in 180 gram vinyl, which brings the listener the full 24 bit recording. The limited edition vinyl pressing of "Remembering Billie" includes a download card with all of the tracks on the CD."