It has recently been announced that there is going to be a celebration of Bearwood’s jazz legend, Andy Hamilton’s life this coming Tuesday afternoon, 26 June, at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. Andy passed away aged 94 earlier this month.
Being resident jazz musician at Bearwood’s Corks Club the ‘grand elder statesman of the Birmingham Jazz scene’ will always have a special place in our hearts.
Musicians including the Notebenders Big Band, the Blue Notes, David Murray, Jean Toussaint, Gary Crosby, Nana Tsiboe, Helen McDonald and Winston Clifford will be performing and paying tribute to a true legend.
You will be able to see photographs by Smethwick's own Russ Escritt of Andy’s gigs with the Blue Notes and guests from various gigs in Bearwood too.
If you want to say your own goodbye to Andy you will be able to do this after the concert and a collection will be held for several organizations that he was closely involved with.
Admission is free to all on a first come and first served basis. Doors open at 1.45pm.
Andy Raphael Thomas Hamilton (26 March 1918 – 3 June 2012). RIP.
P.S. Don’t forget to come to the Bearwood Shuffle on Sunday and sign the petition to get Lightwoods Park Bandstand named after Andy Hamilton.