TIME changes everything. Scott Hamilton for instance who plays at Cheltenham’s Everyman Studio next month was once written off as a young fogey, playing old music.
Now in an age of wider tolerance, the US saxophonist is himself celebrated as a great player in the line of immortals.
Born in 1954, he was too late to perform with his real heroes from his dad’s record collection, saxophonists like Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges and Charlie Parker.
But he learned on the same bandstand as Roy Eldridge, Hank Jones, Anita O’Day, Hank Jones, Benny Goodman and Illinois Jacquet. Plus he went on to hone his playing to mature perfection, leading his own bands.
Era labels mean nothing, mastery is mastery, and Scott (pictured), always a musician with his own vision, has also been informed by later eras of jazz.
Cheltenham’s Jazz’s Rhythm Section will be a perfect match. Pianist Dave Newton is regularly voted Best British Pianist and American bassist Tom Hill and drummer Simon Radford provide an exciting blend of powerhouse and subtlety.
nTickets to see Scott Hamilton and The Rhythm Section at 8pm on January 13 cost £13. Call 01242 572573 or alternatively, you can visit www.everymantheatre.org.uk