(BINGHAMTON) — Al Hamme has received the 56th star on the Wall of Fame at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton. Hamme is a woodwind artist, producer, arranger, composer and professor at Binghamton University and elsewhere.
Hamme, originally from York, Pa., is a graduate of Ithaca College – BS Music Education 1961; Binghamton University – MS Teaching 1967; and Eastman School of Music. Hamme has performed with the orchestras of Les Elgart, Sammy Kaye, Jimmy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Danny D’Imperio’s Big Band Bloviation. He is a founding member of the Presbybop Quartet that specializes in music for worship. Hamme co-founded Music Unlimited in 1974 and directed it until 2011.
Hamme founded the jazz program at Binghamton University in 1964 and directed it for 33 years. Other responsibilities at BU included director of the Concert Band and Wind Chamber Music Program, director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Music and chairman of the Music Department. He also served as the director of the Cornell Jazz Ensemble and was chosen to be the first Artistic Director of the School of Jazz Studies for the New York State Summer School of the Arts Program.
Hamme is still active as a saxophonist in the Binghamton area. He currently performs with the Mason Warrington Orchestra and at various presentations at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage.
Hamme has recorded with Slam Stewart, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Peter Appleyard, Richard Wyands, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Tony Marino, Mike Holober, Sherrie Maricle, Ann Chamberlain, Steve Gilmore, Steve Brown, Tom Whaley, Bill Carter, Fred Hersch, Jeff Stockham, Ron Vincent, Gene Bertoncini and can be heard on National Public Radio with Slam
Stewart and Frank Wess.
You can see all the stars on display in the lobby of the Forum Theatre.