Funeral for famous face of Birmingham's jazz scene

Andy Hamilton was known as the  'grand elder statesman of the Birmingham Jazz scene'
Andy Hamilton was known as the 'grand elder statesman of the Birmingham Jazz scene' Photo: Symphony Hall

The funeral of Jamaican-British jazz musician and community figurehead Andy Hamilton will take place today, followed by a celebration of his life and work at Symphony Hall.

Andy Hamilton, who was known as the 'grand elder statesman of the Birmingham Jazz scene', passed away on Sunday 3rd June 2012.

He moved to Britain from Jamaica in 1949, and went on to become one of the most familiar faces across the Birmingham music scene for more than sixty years.

Andy Hamilton moved to Britain in 1949
Andy Hamilton moved to Britain from Jamaica in 1949 Credit: Symphony Hall

Guests at the funeral today have been invited by Andy's family to wear colourful accessories, in honour of Andy's love of wearing colourful ties.

At the Symphony Hall in the afternoon, there will be a number of performances and tributes from the Blue Notes, David Murray, and Jean Toussaint.

The event will be compered by Dr Carl Chinn.

A display of photos by Smethwick-based photographer Russ Escritt, who documented Andy from the early 1990s, will also be on show in the foyer.