Al Hamme is a woodwind artist, clinician, conductor, arranger and composer. He has recorded with Slam Stewart, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Peter Appleyard, Richard Wyans, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tony Marino, Mike Holober, Sherrie Maricle, Ann Chamberlain, Steve Gilmore, Steve Brown, Tom Whaley, Bill Carter, Fred Hersh and Gene Bertoncini. Al contributed to Slam Stewart's final recording in 1987, The Cats Are Swingin, and Jacque Tara Washington's new CD, Jazz Passions, as a performer, arranger and producer as well as serving as co-producer and performer on Bill Carter's recent recordings: Faith in a New Key, Dancing Day, Fragile Incarnation, Stand On Your Head and John According To Jazz. Al's recent recordings with his own band, The Swing Street Jazztet, include The Swing Street Jazztet Plays Dave Wheeler and Potpourri: The Open Studios Sessions. A new recording, yet to be titled, will be released in March 2005.
Al founded the jazz program at Binghamton University in 1964 and directed it for 33 years. Other responsibilities while on the faculty at Binghamton University included: Director of the Concert Band and Wind Chamber Music Program (1967-1989); Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Music (1975-1985); and Chairman of the Music Department (1980-1985).
He also served as the director of the Cornell Jazz Ensemble for six years and was chosen to be the First Artistic Director of the School of Jazz Studies for the New York State Summer School of the Arts Program (1985-1991).