Al Hamme Honored with Wall of Fame Induction
One of Broome County's Wall of Fame stars now belongs to legendary musician Al Hamme. Hamme was honored in a ceremony on Wednesday at the Forum in Binghamton. The announcement of Hamme's honor was made by Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. Hamme is the recipient of the 56th star on the Wall of Fame.
Stars are awarded to outstanding community members who have made major contributions to the arts. Hamme is a woodwind artist, producer, arranger and composer.
As a top performing saxophonist Hamme has played with many of the top musicians and orchestras around the country including Les Elgart, Sammy Kaye, Jimmy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo. According to the County's press information Hamme has recorded with stars like Slam Stewart, Phil Woods, Union-Endicott alum Sherrie Maricle, Steve Gilmore and many others.
Hamme founded the jazz program at Binghamton University in 1964 was was its director for 33 years. He was the director of the Cornell Jazz Ensemble for six years and remains active performing with the Mason Warrington Orchestra and also at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.