The James Hamilton Jazz Orchestra was set up to play original compositions by award winning Leeds based composer James Hamilton. It started with a one off demo recording date in June 2007, the following summer they performed at 7 Arts in support of the Sleaze Orchestra and were then featured in the Leeds College of Music Autumn concert program (3rd December 2009). In May 2010 the Orchestra released their first album “The Causeway Suite” which went on to win a 2010 British Composers Award and two Jazz Yorkshire awards for composer/arranger and big band of the year. The band toured new material at the end of 2011 and are currently recording their second album. Musicians are drawn from the Yorkshire area and many are LCM alumi.

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