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Back where he began: Scott Hamilton in Rhode Island

Published February 06. 2014 4:00AM   Updated February 07. 2014 10:00AM
Scott Hamilton

First things first. Despite the fact that it's been ludicrously frigid - Polar Sorcery or the Arctic Vortex or whatever the meteorologists are calling it this week - the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly hasn't igloo'd-out and the dance floor isn't frozen over.

As such, when they announced that Scott Hamilton will appear at the Knick on Friday, it's the tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton and not the ice skater Scott Hamilton.

A Rhody native, Hamilton started his career playing blues in the Providence-based Blue Flames. He then established a sterling rep as a jazzer in New York City, playing with such luminaries as Benny Goodman, Anita O'Day, Hank Jones, Roy Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Vic Dickenson and Jo Jones. Eventually, he started leading his own bands and, for the prestigious Concord label, has released over 40 albums.

Though Hamilton now lives in Europe, he's back in the area to record with Duke Robillard - and Friday's show at the Knick reunites him with old Blue Flame members Fred Bates and Chuck Riggs.

- RICK KOSTER

Scott Hamilton,
8 p.m. Friday, the Knickerbocker Cafe, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly; $20 advance, $25 door; (401) 315-5070, theknickerbockercafe.com.

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