Michael Hashim Quartet

b. 9 April 1956, Geneva, New York, USA. While attending school at Geneva in upstate New York, Hashim joined the school band programme. His first choices, drums and trombone, were ruled out and he settled…
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b. 9 April 1956, Geneva, New York, USA. While attending school at Geneva in upstate New York, Hashim joined the school band programme. His first choices, drums and trombone, were ruled out and he settled instead on alto saxophone. His interest in music had been sparked when he met a fellow student, bass player Phil Flanigan, whose father had an extensive jazz record collection. They listened to a wide range of musicians, from Sidney Bechet to Frank Zappa, by way of Lester Young and Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker. By chance, he and Flanigan met guitarist Chris Flory and with drummer Johnny Ellis they formed a quartet. By the mid-70s Hashim was working regularly, often with Flanigan and Flory. He played mostly in the New York/Rhode Island area and when Flory went into Scott Hamilton’s band (where he was later joined by Flanigan), Hashim joined the Widespread Depression Jazz Orchestra of South Vermont.

Later, when Widespread moved to New York, Hashim went along too, eventually taking over leadership of the band which continued to perform into the mid-90s. He has played with Muddy Waters, Benny Carter, studied with altoist Jimmy Lyons, and worked for a while in a band led by Jo Jones. He has continued to work with Flory in a trio completed by the excellent young stride pianist Judy Carmichael. He tours extensively throughout the USA and Europe and he also played in China on a US Information Service-backed tour. Although his musical interests lie in post-bop jazz, Hashim’s feeling for the tradition is never far from the surface. He continues to attract attention and admiration for his warm-toned, dynamic, and always inventive playing on alto and soprano saxophones.