Hamish McGregor - playing his famous “white” clarinet is undoubtedly amongst Scotland’s most charismatic jazz performers.
His playing career is now in it’s 6th decade.
At the age of 16 he got his first clarinet and the rest is as they say – history.
Self taught, he quickly found a liking for Dixieland music and started his first band aged 19. He was spotted by the late great Archie Sinclair of Edinburgh’s Old Bailey’s Jazz Advocates fame and joined the band in 1966.
It was at that time that he looked at other music styles of the day and subsequently formed “The Memphis Road Show”, a 10 piece soul band with four brass, hammond organ + 3 rhythm and Edinburgh’s ‘Sam & Dave’ on vocals. Other combos followed.
In 1975 he reformed Old Bailey’s Jazz Advocates who wowed audiences for a number of years. Their crowning glory was entering and winning best band and soloists at the famous Dunkirk Jazz Festival. In 1978 he joined forces with Mike Hart (founder of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival) to form the Scottish Jazz Advocates. Tour destinations included France, Spain, Holland, USA & Canada.
In 1984, it was a chance hearing of a CD by Joe Jackson – paying homage to the music of Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway that led him to form the iconic “Fat Sams Band” – known for its high octane, toe-tapping, 30s, 40s and 50s era jazz covers. Fat Sams spanned three decades before being ‘put to bed’ in 2015. The band toured and played at Jazz & Music Festivals world wide and was a favourite with audiences where ever they performed.
He now leads a tribute to the late great Acker Bilk entitled “Remembering Acker”, and performs with The Batchelors of Jazz, King Louis and the Primas & the quartet - Champagne.
Hamish has now returned to his roots and is delighted to be part of the legend that is Quattro MacJazz