A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Scott Hamilton is one of the great swinging tenor players, following in the footsteps of legends such as Ben Webster, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Stan Getz.
Mentored by the great Roy Eldridge, Hamilton was at the forefront of the new generation of jazz musicians that helped revive the sophisticated sound of small-group swing.
Scott has recorded over 40 albums as leader, with his glowing, rich sound and well-honed craft preserving the best traditions of the mainstream jazz movement.
Oklahoma-born, Champian Fulton is a brilliant jazz pianist and vocalist who is headlining festivals and clubs worldwide. Although still young she has released nine albums as a leader. Twice named Rising Jazz Star of the Year by Downbeat magazine, she enjoys a busy international touring schedule, performing songs from the Great American Songbook with jazz royalty such as Lou Donaldson, Clark Terry, Louis Hayes and more.
Champian’s swinging style and charismatic performances have made her a guardian of the legacy of Jazz. Champian’s heroes include Bud Powell, Red Garland, Erroll Garner, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington.
Featuring a top-class rhythm section of Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums), this relaxed, swinging quartet first performed at the 2017 Cork International Jazz Festival, where they struck up an instant rapport and where the Irish Examiner described Champian as ‘the find of the festival’.
The trio appeared at The Cinnamon Club in November 2017 and Neil immediately booked them for Southport 2019. “I loved the gig, an absolute stand out performances from a pianist who can swing like crazy. With the addition of Scott, this is going to be one beautiful afternoon.”
Champian Fulton – Piano & Vocals
Scott Hamilton – Saxophone
Arnie Somogyi – Bass
Stephen Keogh – Drums
The Things We Did Last Summer
Album Review by Jazztimes
As a pianist, Fulton, a dextrous, imaginative player, blends beautifully with the astute Hamilton. Their shared inventiveness is evident across everything from a satiny meander through the title cut to a freewheeling “Runnin’ Wild” and, the set’s apex, a 10-minute twining of Illinois Jacquet’s “Black Velvet” and “Don’cha Go ’Way Mad.” Particular affecting is her dreamily insinuating take on “My Future Just Passed.”