Hannah Horton becomes first UK female Henri Selmer of Paris jazz artist
In January this year, Horton’s saxophone artistry was recognised when she became the first UK female Henri Selmer of Paris jazz artist to endorse their instruments. Selmer instruments are world-renowned for their quality and regarded by many as the best saxophone to play. She joins John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman as Henri Selmer of Paris ambassadors.
Since launching her album ‘Inside Out’ to a full 606 club in September 2021, rising sax star Hannah Horton has continued to wow audiences and critics with her music and shows. Her captivating stage presence and playing from the heart is a big draw for audiences and is turning heads in the UK.
‘Hannah quite literally blew me – and the audience – away! She is also a great communicator, engaging from the outset with the audience. Uplifting, joyous and downright entertaining’ – Colchester Arts Centre jazz club.
The ‘Inside Out’ tour continues through 2022. Starting with two sell-out shows at the London Jazz Festival 2021, the tour continues at Toulouse Lautrec, London (26th March); Haverhill Arts (23rd April featuring Ian Shaw); The 606, London (10th May); Chichester Jazz Club (May 6th) and culminates with Hannah opening the final evening of the Scarborough Jazz Festival (25th September).
Hannah’s Inside Out album impressed the jazz press:
Rising multi-reeds star Hannah Horton’s convivial sound is turning heads in London **** BBC Music Magazine
One of the most satisfying albums I’ve heard this year. Highly recommended. ****Kind of Jazz
There’s bold and gritty playing, on both baritone and tenor sax *** Jazzwise
There is nothing esoteric about this album – it will appeal to a huge range of people. It is an album without flaw and one which it felt a privilege to review Jazz Views
Started in lockdown, Hannah’s Jazz at the Cottage livestreams have risen in popularity and are now streamed monthly. Her rapport with jazz guitarist Louis Thorne sets a great Sunday evening vibe from her thatched cottage in Cambridgeshire. The next livestream airs on 3rd April. Tickets are available from Hannah’s website: hannahhorton.com.
Fiona Ross, founder of Women In Jazz Media, spotted Hannah early in 2021 and has asked Hannah to be a guest host on their podcast ‘In Conversation With’. Hannah’s guests have included Claire Martin OBE.
Today Hannah provides inspiration of her own by running ‘J Steps’ – a new initiative designed to nurture the talent of young musicians who identify as female or non-binary and to help balance a historic lack of representation of women in jazz. Their debut performance at the London Jazz Festival in November 2021 was the perfect way to kick off the band and gave the members of J Steps an experience they will never forget. Audition details can be found on Twitter: @j_steps1.
22nd March 2022
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