Lloyd Blake said that Andy Hamilton earned the name legend, as a human being, a community person and a well known musician.
He said he was someone who "never failed".
Cecil Morris said Andy Hamilton was a great musician and person.
He said Andy was responsible for keeping him on the straight and narrow through his mentoring and music.
Musician Ronnie Palmer from the Note Benders said that what made Andy Hamilton stand out was the fact that he achieved international fame when he was in his seventies - when most people would normally be winding down their careers.
He said that even at that age, Andy still had a zest for music and his playing was good, he was inspirational.
The Reverend Derek Webley said today was a fantastic celebration of Andy Hamilton's life, and his contribution to the city of Birmingham.
A free concert was held to celebrate the life of Andy Hamilton at Symphony Hall. The jazz musician moved to Birmingham in 1949 from Jamaica and was a regular performer at the venue.
The event was compered by Dr Carl Chinn and featured tributes from a number of Birmingham's most notable figures.
The hearse for the funeral of Birmingham jazz musician Andy Hamilton has arrived at Birmingham Christian Centre. The service is followed by a celebration of his work and life at Symphony Hall.
The Director of Symphony Hall in Birmingham says he is "immensely proud" after being awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. It comes in the year Symphony Hall celebrates its 21st anniversary.
Andrew Jowett was appointed Director in 1988 - three years before Symphony Hall opened.
Andrew Jowett said “I am immensely proud to receive this honour for leading Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham and it is particularly appropriate this year when Symphony Hall is celebrating its 21st anniversary.
Running these two world renowned concert halls is an absolute joy and privilege and, in accepting this honour, I do so on behalf of everyone who has helped make them a major force on the national and international music scene, connecting over half a million people to music every year.”
The Symphony Hall in Birmingham has celebrated its 21st birthday today with a special concert. Since its opening in 1991, it's hosted more than seven thousand concerts and has achieved global recognition.