Born: June 18, 1984 Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
The James Hamilton Jazz Orchestra was set up to play original compositions by award winning Leeds based composer James Hamilton. It started with a one off demo recording date in June 2007, the following summer they performed at 7 Arts in support of the Sleaze Orchestra and were then featured in the Leeds College of Music Autumn concert program (3rd December 2009). In May 2010 the Orchestra released their first album The Causeway Suite which consequently went on to win a 2010 British Composers Award and two Jazz Yorkshire awards for composer/arranger and big band of the year. Musicians are drawn from the Yorkshire area and many are LCM alumi.
The Causeway Suite is available here http://jameshamiltonjazzorchestra.bandcamp.com
Awards:2010 BASCA British Composers Award for Contemporary Jazz Composition for "The Causeway Suite" 2010 Jazz Yorkshire Award for composer/arranger of the Year 2010 Jazz Yorkshire Award for Big Band of the Year The Worshipfull Company of Musicians/JazzOrg.com (Dankworth Prize) for Big Band composition 2008
A young creative genius -BBC Radio Ulster, After Midnight
…an energetic and talented leader, precisely the kind of qualities we need to be encouraging for a healthy future for live music! - Tim Garland
an exciting new writing talent- intriguing grooves and gorgeous textures - John Warren
“…..engaging melodies…. intelligent use of solo space and a fluent use and knowledge of harmony.” - Frank Griffith