Ian Hamer

Ian Hamer

Ian Hamer, born Liverpool 11 September 1932 - died Brighton, 3 September 2006, was a leading British jazz trumpeter.

The son of a successful Merseyside dance band leader, together with his two brothers, also professional musicians, he played in the band run by his mother until moving to London in 1953 to work for clarinettist Carl Barriteau and a brief period with the Oscar Rabin Band. In 1955 he joined the octet put together briefly by Tubby Hayes, a band which recorded at the Festival Hall in 1956. In 1958 he played in the Vic Ash Quintet.

In 1963, together with Harry South, he led a band called The Six Sounds, featuring Ken Wray and Dick Morrissey, and which by 1966 had developed into his own band, the Ian Hamer Sextet. The Sextet featured variously South, Dick Morrissey, Keith Christie, Kenny Napper, Bill Eyden, Tubby Hayes, Alan Skidmore, Spike Wells, Daryl Runswick, Alan Branscombe and Ron Mathewson.

Hamer also played in big bands led by Tubby Hayes, Ted Heath, Mike Gibbs, Jack Parnell and Harry South. He also played with Kenny Wheeler, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, as well as smaller bands with Stan Tracey, Benny Golson, Lalo Schifrin, Gary McFarland, Woody Herman's Anglo-American Herd, Barbara Thompson, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis band, Eric Delaney, John Dankworth and Joe Harriott. As a session musician, he played on recordings by The Beatles ("Got to Get You into My Life" ) and Bing Crosby, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, James Last and Matt Munro.

He was a member of the Top of the Pops studio band for nearly 20 years, and played regularly in German trombonist Peter Herbolzheimer's radio bands.

External links

* [http://www.jazzprofessional.com/interviews/ian_hamer.htm Interview by Ron Simmonds for Jazz Professional]


* [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/ian-hamer-414899.html The Independent]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2006/sep/12/guardianobituaries.artsobituaries The Guardian]

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