The Quintet, with saxophonist Jim Cameron, pianist Don Hemwall, bassist Herman Hampton, and drummer Stanley Swann, was formed to explore the extensive repertoire of Tadd Dameron compositions that Paul has assembled during the course of his research in the life and music of that great jazz composer and arranger.
Saxophonist Jim Cameron has performed internationally at jazz clubs, concerts
and at festivals around the world, including London, Tokyo, and Vancouver. Jim
can be heard on several CDs from such labels as Brownstone, GM and
Sea Breeze. He currently divides his time playing in three big bands,
Paul Combs’ Pocket Big Band, a sextet and various smaller jazz ensembles in the New England area. His most recent CD is “Disturbing the Air,” Invisible Music IM-2046
Pianist Don Hemwall established himself in the Boston area late 1970s after studying at Berklee and the New England Conservatory. He currently performs with his own trio and quartet, as well as a solo pianist. He is also a charter member of the Pocket Big band and has worked with Paul Combs in several other of his bands. He can be hard on the “Live At Chit Chat” CD, as well as Paul Combs’ “Be Bop Christmas Card'” BoMuse Transcriptions BTCD 1004.
Bassist Herman Hampton is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music where he teaches in the Ensemble Department. A graduate of both the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Berklee College, he performs extensively in the Boston area not only in jazz, but blues and Latin music, as well. He has performed with Yusef Lateef, Jay McShann, and Archie Shepp. He can be heard on several recordings, including Philippe Le Jeune’s “NIght Mist Blues,” Black & Blue 701.2.
Drummer Stanley Swann is one of the Boston area’s busiest. After 20 years playing drums in various bands in the U.S. Air Force, he quickly established himself on the Boston scene with his virtuosity and versatility. He has been a long time associate of Paul Combs, having recorded two CDs with him. Like others in the band Stanley is also involved in education and is the founder and director of the Lowell Jazz Day Camp. This past fall he toured Russia with Trombonist Ron Wilkins.
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