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
2010 BASCA British Composers Award for Contemporary
Jazz Composition for "The Causeway Suite"
2010 Jazz Yorkshire Award for composer/arranger of the
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 lovely album that captures mood and character terrifically,
a really wonderful album.
-BBC Radio 3, Performance on 3
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
- Tim Garland
an exciting new writing talent- intriguing grooves and
- John Warren
“…..engaging melodies…. intelligent use of solo space and a
fluent use and knowledge of harmony.”
- Frank Griffith