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