12 September 1954, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. As a child, Hamilton began playing clarinet, on which he had a few lessons, and piano. He then briefly played blues harmonica in a rock n roll band. He took up tenor saxophone as a young teenager, teaching himself largely by listening to records in his fathers collection. These records were by jazzmen of the 30s and 40s, and Hamilton appeared on the scene as an apparent throwback to those times, recreating the tenor styling of the likes of Ben Webster. As such he was rapturously received by audiences who thought players in this style were long defunct. He worked extensively in and around New York, often teaming up with Warren Vaché, similarly regarded as an important addition to the fading jazz mainstream.
Hamiltons success in the late 70s led to his appearing with many leading jazzmen and performing at prestigious venues and major festivals in the USA and...
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