Just heard from Bearwood Jazz that Andy Hamilton passed away yesterday.
I first met Andy Hamilton when I used to do the door for Alan Cross at the Bear, whilst I was at university. Years later, I attended the jams at the Drum, and actually played with the group on a good number of occasions.
The surreal thing is that—foolishly—I always felt that he'd basically keep going, and had no real concept of his passing—the last time I heard him [by which point Sam Brown had passed away] he was playing better and stronger than ever, and that whole band [John Hoo, Mr Evans et al.]—were really supportive and encouraging of the whole Birmingham scene. A foundation of British jazz has been lost.