Lachy Hamilton is part of the new wave of talented jazz musicians to hit the Australian music scene. The Sydney-based saxophonist and composer launched his debut album Alchemy in 2019 to critical acclaim receiving favourable reviews from Australia’s key jazz critics.
Hamilton has toured and performed with jazz luminaries such as James Morrison, Patti Austin, Sarah McKenzie and James Muller at venues around the world including Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club (New York), the Green Mill (Chicago), the 2017 Jazz Educators Network Conference (New Orleans), Telluride Jazz Festival (Colorado), Melbourne’s Hamer Hall and the Sydney Opera House. He tours regularly in Australian capital cities to include Paris Cat in Melbourne; Foundry 616, The Basement (now Mary’s Underground) and LazyBones in Sydney; Brisbane’s Dee Bop; and Canberra’s Smith’s Alternative. He will be touring New Zealand in early 2020.
Lachlan was a member of the Academy Jazz Orchestra recording the Aria-nominated album “James Morrison with his Academy Jazz Orchestra”. He was a finalist in the James Morrison Scholarship in both 2014 and 2015. He was also selected as one of the 2015 Telluride Jazz All Stars performing in Telluride, Colorado with Denver University’s Josh Quinlan and Bob Montgomery, and American jazz and rhythm and blues saxophonist Ernie Watts. Hamilton is the founder of various groups including “FLIP”, “The Swing Merchants” and “Ekki and the Scatterbrains”. He formed the Lachy Hamilton Quartet and Quintet ensembles, and has performed with the James Morrison Quintet.
He completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the James Morrison Academy of Music in 2017. He studied under Jeff Clayton, Mat Jodrell, Graeme Lyall, Carl Mackey and James Morrison, and was the sole recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Performance Award.
He currently plays with Judy Bailey’s Jazz Connection (lead alto), Kwame, as a sideman for various jazz groups, as well as his self-titled ensembles.
...an exemplary musician with attributes and musical wisdom beyond his years... - Jeff Clayton
(Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Clayton Brothers)
...Lachy has that rare ability to be able to fit into any musical situation perfectly, whilst still sounding unique...
- Mat Jodrell
(Miguel Zenon's Identities Ensemble, Birdland Big Band)
...the future of jazz is in good hands...
- James Morrison