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Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Thu, February 21, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 7:00 PM
Scott Hamilton/Harry Allen Quintet featuring Rossano Sportiello
Presented by Daniel U. Smith
Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM
Scott Hamilton takes his inspiration from the pre-Coltrane era saxophone greats: Ben Webster, Zoot Sims, and Don Byas. His dedication to the swing era sound finds an equal partner in fellow tenor saxophonist Harry Allen. Hamilton was a lone maverick in the late ’70s, evoking the swing tradition at a time when the electric fusion of jazz and funk was in vogue. Swimming against the tide, a persistent Hamilton carved out a niche for himself, foreshadowing the arrival of the “Young Lions” retro-movement yet to come in the early ’80s. Hamilton’s concerts are a rarity to be savored. His current quintet with Harry Allen and Rossano Sportiello, is one of the best you’ll ever hear..
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