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GMF Tuscany ‘19 with Scott Hamilton & Champian Fulton
Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy, 28 August–01 September 2019

Afternoon Sessions

Sessions involving playing and discussion lead by questions from the students and hosted by Scott, Champian Arnie and Stephen.

The sessions may alternate between master-class scenario, discussion and playing together.
In these sessions course participants should have their instruments at hand in case they are invited to play.

Getting close to a Master 

Scott teaches and shares his vast musical experience in a wonderful way, leading apparently informal sessions, with the instruments at hand, where a wealth of musical insight and information is imparted along with anecdotes from his life as one of the great tenor sax players in the history of Jazz. This is a rare opportunity to learn from, and be along side of, a true jazz legend in one of the most beautiful towns you are ever likely to come across, on top of a mountain in Tuscany, Italy.

Scott Hamilton 

Scott Hamilton was born in 1954, in Providence, Rhode Island.

He moved to New York in 1976 at the age of twenty-two, and a lot of the greats were still playing. He got to work and learn from people like Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Vic Dickenson and Jo Jones. In December of the same year John Bunch got Scott his first recording date, and was also responsible for him joining Benny Goodman. He continued to work with Goodman at different times until the early 1980s.
In 1977 he formed his own quartet. The same year Carl Jefferson heard him, and began recording him for his Concord record label with whom he recorded more than forty albums. Along the way he has made albums with Dave McKenna, Jake Hanna, Woody Herman, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Flip Phillips, Maxine Sullivan, Buddy Tate, Warren Vache, many with Rosemary Clooney and a number with another of his mentors, Ruby Braff. with whom he played residencies at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, London in the mid-1980s. Scott has also performed and recorded with such touring bands as the Concord Jazz All Stars, the Concord Super Band and George Wein’s Newport Jazz Festival All Stars.
His playing has best been described by fellow tenor saxophonist and writer, Dave Gelly: “Following a Scott Hamilton solo is like listening to a great conversationalist in full flow. First comes the voice, the inimitable, assured sound of his tenor saxophone, then the informal style and finally the amazing fluency and eloquent command of the jazz language.” Scott was awarded the ‘Ronnie’ for International Jazz Saxophonist of the Year in the 2007 inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards.  It is no wonder that Scott Hamilton is in demand the world over.


Gain insight into singing and playing with Champian Fulton:

Jazz education is a concern near and dear to Champian’s heart, having been inspired by Clark Terry’s tireless advocacy for the perpetuation of the craft. Clark coached her on rehearsal techniques, performance etiquette, private teaching, and the business of the Jazz. Champian strives to impart this unique knowledge to students around the world, while being involved in educational programs such as Litchfield Jazz Camp and Rutgers Jazz Institute. Her skills as an educator in Jazz come from the highest authorities as she works to perpetuate the Jazz language.

Champian Fulton

Born in Oklahoma, Champian Fulton has become a world class Jazz pianist and vocalist with international acclaim. She grew up with music in the home; her mother and father (Jazz trumpeter and educator Stephen Fulton) recognized her fascination with music at an early age. The presence of her father’s musician friends, including Clark Terry and Major Holley, inspired her focus on Jazz. Her first paid musical engagement was with her own band at Clark Terry’s 75th Birthday Party; she was 10 years old. Since then, her piano and voice skills have been recognized by peers and critics as distinctive and sophisticated. This young woman from Oklahoma captivates audiences in New York’s finest Jazz rooms and in concert halls around the world.

A mainstay on the vibrant New York Jazz scene, she has performed with musical royalty such as Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Eric Alexander, Buster Williams, and Louis Hayes. From New York to Barcelona, Champian’s swinging style and charismatic performances have made her a guardian of the legacy of Jazz. Champian’s heroes include Bud Powell, Red Garland, Erroll Garner, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington.
Recognized as a Rising Jazz Star by the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll, Champian also received the "Female Jazz Vocalist Of the Year" at the 2017 Hot House Jazz Magazine Fans Decision Award Ceremony.Her “galvanizing presence” (the New Yorker) and her alluring musical presentation have made her “a charming young steward of the mainstream Jazz tradition.” (The New York Times)

Timetable (provisional) 

August 28

Arrive and register

21.00 welcome concert

23.00 jam session

August 29, 30 & 31

10.30 pulse / rhythm work
11.45 instrumental technique session
13.00 lunch break and rest/practice time

16.00 Sessions with Scott and Champian

18.30 Jazz Aperitif at the Castello Bar
21.00 concert in the Castello Cellar Bar or other venue in Certaldo 
23.00 jam session in the Castello Jazz Cellar


Accommodation at Albergo Il Castello and elsewhere in Certaldo

All accommodation in Certaldo for participants on this course is handled by our official partner in Certaldo.  Please see the details below.

Albergo Il Castello is a charming hotel situated in Certaldo Alto and just 2 minutes from where the course will be held. It is a converted castle which has pleasant gardens, stunning views of the town and across the hills. The hotel has a limited number of rooms. If you would like to stay here please contact Alfred Kramer as soon as possible at the email address or phone number below stating that you are coming to the GMF Tuscany International Workshop and Jazz Festival 2015  

+39 0571668250



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