A natural born improviser from an early age, Hannah has played the saxophone since before high school days. As a youngster she attended the prestigious Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in her teens became a lead member of NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) and the National Youth Music Theatre. Accomplished on flute, bassoon and clarinet as well as sax, she now teaches her own students to a high level whilst pursuing her performing career with the Hannah Horton Quartet in London and the South East.
At the Trinity College of Music where she graduated with an advanced postgraduate performance diploma, she was coached and inspired by prominent names from the British jazz scene, including Mark Lockheart and Paul Bartholomew. Since then her hallmark velvet tone and versatility have attracted growing audiences. Renowned jazz guitarist John Etheridge, commented: ‘Hannah has a warmly attractive ‘vocal’ sound on both the tenor and baritone saxophone, combined with lovely un-hackneyed phrasing.’
In addition to leading her own jazz quartet, Hannah is a composer in her own right. She has played alongside many great jazz musicians including John Etheridge, Tina May, Roger Beaujolais, Acoustic Triangle, Simon Bates, Irene Serra, Tommaso Starace, Rob Hughes, Buster Cooper and John Lamb.
Defying categorisation, Hannah’s music spans jazz, latin, funk, blues and rock along with classical influences. Her unique tone, melodic and creative improvisation, and sensitive phrasing have become her signature sound which is beautifully captured in her debut album Forget Me Not (released October 2012). Featuring the formidable talents of John Crawford (piano), Rob Statham (bass) and Nic France (drums), the album includes her own compositions, an original take on jazz standards such as Caravan, and some lesser known pieces.
Hannah’s jazz influences include Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan, Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler, McCoy Tyner, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis to name a few. On the classical front she loves Bach, Debussy, Finzi, Heath, Poulenc and Stravinsky.