Duke Robillard & Scott Hamilton Sextet
Two legendary musicians the iconic blues/jazz guitarist and vocalist Duke Robillard and the legendary tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton have combined to form an All Star Sextet!
Duke Robillard [guitar and vocals]
Scott Hamilton [tenor saxophone]
Jon-Erik Kellso [trumpet]
Bruce Bears [piano]
Marty Ballou [bass]
Mark Teixera [drums]
Whether it’s a song, a style, an idiom or an image, Duke Robillard will render it with mastery, power, nuance and an unerring grasp of its essence. His unsurpassed mastery of the guitar style of T-Bone Walker (later crystallized memorably in his 2004 release “Blue Mood”) was deservedly heralded, but his breadth was also head-turning – from swing, standards and ballads to rockers, gutbucket Chicago blues and rockabilly. GRAMMY Nominations for Best Traditional Blues Album for 2010 Stomp! The Blues Tonight and 2006 Guitar Groove-a-Rama The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C.Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard “Best Blues Guitarist” four years out of five (2000,2001,2003,2004) making him the second most honored guitarist for that award! He was also nominated in that category in 2005, 2007, 2008. B.B. King has referred to Duke as one of the great players of his time.
Scott Hamilton is the premier ‘mainstream’ saxophonist of today. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1954, he came along at the time when the kind of jazz he loved-the small-group swing of such great stylists as Illinois Jacquet and Eddie Lockjaw Davis-was out of fashion, and largely out of the public ear. Scott’s handsome sound and impeccable phrasing were a rare commodity among young jazzmen. So when he signed to Concord Records, and began making albums for label boss and mainstream advocate Carl Jefferson, it caused surprise and excitement among both devotees of the style, and in the wider musical world. Long regarded a consummate interpreter of standards, Scoff Hamilton’s big, warm tenor saxophone tone and unerring sense of swing have a way of making every tune he plays uniquely his own. Scott was awarded the Ronnie’ for International Jazz Saxophonist of the Year in the 2007 inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards.