BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Another star has been added to the Forum Theatre’s Wall of Fame.
Saxophonist Al Hamme, a producer, arranger, and composer, received what many feel is his long overdue spot on the wall today. It’s the 56th star on display in the theatre’s lobby.
Hamme first moved to Greater Binghamton in 1961 to teach music in Union-Endicott schools. He went on to found the jazz program at Harpur College, now Binghamton University, in 1964. Numerous local musicians spoke today about his positive impact on the local jazz scene. Hamme says he was touched by the turnout.
Hamme has performed with the orchestras of Les Elgart, Sammy Kaye, Jimmy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo and he founded Music Unlimited in 1974 and was its director until 2011.
He still occasionally plays saxophone with the Mason Warrington Orchestra and during weekly jazz jams at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.