Linley has been a part of the Irish music scene for over twenty years and since then he has juggled a career as a trumpet player with being a BBC Jazz Broadcaster and an educator with Making Music Workshop.
There have been many career highlights in the past with significant performances or recordings with Paul Brady, Van Morrison, Foy Vance, Eleanor McEvoy, Jacqui Dankworth, ASIWYFA, Oppenheimer and Gareth Dunlop to name a few, but he is working just as hard as ever these days and is celebrating success with his own recent albums In Transiotion and Taylor Made with his quintet which features Johnny Taylor piano, Damien Evans bass, Julien Colarossi guitar and Dominic Mullen drums.
The album is available on iTunes and Amazon and from www.lyterecords.com. The last five years has seen a concerted effort to reroute himself in Jazz and in 2008 he graduated from DIT Dublin with a 1st Class Masters in Jazz Performance and the celebrated Student Academic Medal. Since then he has completed a PhD in Jazz Performance at University of Ulster Magee...and is now Dr Linley Hamilton!!! The Radio Show is still going strong and has moved to a Friday night at 10pm on BBC Radio Ulster…the show called…Jazzworld with Linley Hamilton.
There are weekly interviews and this year alone such guests have included Liane Carroll, Sarah Chaplin, Gerard Presencer and Vince Mendoza. Recordings in the past year have seen Linley guest on albums by Sarah Chaplin, Ronnie Greer, Anthony Toner, And So I Watch You From Afar, Amanda St John, Ex Magician and Dana Masters.
In the last few months Linley has been focussing on his new job as Dr of Music at Ulster University Magee where he is part of a dynamic team, teaching Jazz Harmony, Performance, Musicology, Placements, Music in the Community and is responsible for recruitment to the 1st year courses and events staged by the Music Department.