Scott Hammond (musician)


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Scott Hammond
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Background information
Born (1973-06-04) 4 June 1973 (age 42)
Bristol, England
Genres Progressive rock, folk rock, hard rock, blues rock, pop, jazz, funk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson

Scott Hammond (born 4 June 1973) is an English freelance drummer. He plays with Ian Anderson[1] (the leader and frontman of British Rock band Jethro Tull) and also briefly with Jethro Tull itself.[2] He has been described as a "Jazz drummer with rock influences".[3]

Early years[edit]

Hammond was born in Bristol, England, UK. He started to learn the drums when he was 14 years old[4] and later studied at The City of Leeds College of Music for three years, and also with Dave Hassell for two years.

Ian Anderson[edit]

Since April 2010 Hammond has primarily been touring internationally with rock flautist Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.[5] This led to him recording drums on Ian Anderson's "Thick As a Brick 2"[6] album (released in April 2012) - this was the sequel to Jethro Tull's 1972 album "Thick As A Brick".[7] Hammond is currently playing live on Ian Anderson's "Thick As A Brick" 2012/2013 world tour[8] which involves performing all of the music from both albums.

Scott Hammond playing live in USA with Ian Anderson 2010.
Scott Hammond playing live in USA with Ian Anderson 2010

Jethro Tull[edit]

In March 2011 Hammond toured with Jethro Tull in Ireland. This tour featured Martin Barre on guitar, David Goodier on bass, John O'Hara on keyboards and Ian Anderson on flute, guitar and vocals.

Hammond said in an interview: "I wouldn't describe myself as mainly a prog rock drummer although it's obviously a part of what I do. My rock roots are based in bands like Deep Purple although I have always enjoyed listening to Jethro Tull's "Minstrel in the Gallery" since I was a teenager."[9]

Freelance career[edit]

The majority of Hammond's working life has been jazz and funk based. Artists he has worked with include Ruth Hammond, Bruce Dickinson, Greg Lake, Justin Hayward, Tina May, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Herb Geller, Bobby Wellins, Pee Wee Ellis, Phil King and Limahl. More recently Hammond has featured on three albums by UK based trumpeter Ben Thomas[10] and The Edge[11] project. The latest album Within This World Within My Mind[12] was released on Christmas Eve in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Hammond lives in Bristol, England, UK with his wife Ruth Hammond (also a musician) and two children.


Year Artist Title Type Label Peak chart position
US UK Germany
2002 Denny Ilett Calling The Children Home Studio Album Nugene
2002 Ruth Hammond All The Good Things[13] Studio Album Tenterhook Records
2006 Gary Bamford JADJ[14] Studio Album Kintu Records
2006 The Forster King Band Keep The Music Playing Studio Album Unsigned
2007 Ilya Somerset Studio Album CDBY
2008 Azhar Saffar Out There Studio Album 33 Jazz
2009 Phil King They Come And They Go Studio Album Ragtag Records
2009 The Edge[15] We All Fall Down[16] Studio Album mtheart
2011 The Edge[17] Dark Scrawls[18] Studio Album safehouse
2011 Colman Brothers[19] Another Brother 7" single Wah Wah 45s
2011 Colman Brothers Colman Brothers Studio Album Wah Wah 45s
2012 Ian Anderson Thick As a Brick 2[20] Studio album Chrysalis/EMI Records 55 35 13
2013 The Edge[21] Within This World Within My Mind[22] Studio Album Safe House
2014 Ian Anderson Homo Erraticus[23] Studio album Kscope
2014 Ian Anderson Thick as a Brick - Live in Iceland[24] Live album Eagle Records


  1. ^ "Ian Anderson - Banker Bets, Banker Wins - Official Video". 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Biography at the Official Jethro Tull Website". Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Wolfgang; Kevin Thomas (2012). Jethro Tull Over Germany. Siegen rock Museum. p. 244. ISBN 978-3-00-037254-4. 
  4. ^ "Scott Hammond's personal website". Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Jethro Tull Board". Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Thick as a Brick 2 article on". 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Rockonnection Article". Rockonnection Article. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  8. ^ "Scott Hammond's drum solo on a concert of the Thick As A Brick 2012 tour". 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  9. ^ "Jethro Tull Board Interview". Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  10. ^ "Ben Thomas Website". safehouse. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  11. ^ "The Edge Website". safehouse. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  12. ^ "Within This World Within My Mind". safehouse. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  13. ^ "All The Good Things album". Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  14. ^ "JADJ". JADJ. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  15. ^ "The Edge". Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  16. ^ "We All Fall Down". mtheart. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  17. ^ "The Edge". Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  18. ^ "Dark Scrawls". safehouse. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  19. ^ Colman Brothers[dead link]
  20. ^ "Press Release - Thick As A Brick 2". England: Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  21. ^ "The Edge". Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  22. ^ "Within This World Within My Mind". safehouse. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  23. ^ "Homo Erraticus". England: Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  24. ^ "Thick As a Brick - Live in Iceland". England: Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
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