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Saxophonist Andy Hamilton Dies at 94

Jamaican-born musician maintained a U.K. club residency from 1949 until this year

Nick Gold and Andy Hamilton
Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton, a Jamaican-born saxophonist who moved to Birmingham, England in 1949 and formed the group the Blue Notes, died June 3. The cause and place of death were not reported.

Made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth in 2008, Hamilton was born in Jamaica in 1918, where at age 10 he began playing a homemade saxophone made from bamboo stalks. He left Jamaica for the U.S. and began playing jazz in New York while holding odd jobs, then returned to Jamaica in the 1940s. There he became music manager at a hotel owned by actor Errol Flynn but in 1949 he moved to Birmingham, residing in the U.K. for the remainder of his life.

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