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Tubby (Edward Brian) Hayes was one of Britain's finest tenor sax players, Jazz musicians and composers. He co-led the successful Jazz Couriers with Ronnie Scott from 1957 to 1959. He led several distinguished quartets and was the first British contemporary to appear at regular intervals in the USA. One of his most distinguished quartets came in the late 1950's, a group which included Terry Shannon, Jeff Clyne, Phil Seaman or Bill Eyden. Another in the 1960's included Ron Mathewson, Tony Levin and Mike Pyne. Hayes who was arguably the most prodigiously talented jazz multi-instrumentalist the British Isles has ever produced


The Complete Hopbine '69

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2022
Track listing: CD1: For Members Only; Off The Wagon; Where Am I Going?; What Is This Thing Called Love. CD2: Mainly For The Don; For Heaven’s Sake; Vierd Blues; Walkin’.


News: Recording

The Untold Story of Tubby Hayes: 1965

The Untold Story of Tubby Hayes: 1965

Tubby Hayes (above) was a jazz giant whose talent and superb taste have not been fully appreciated by U.S. jazz fans. That's largely because he was British. A multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and vibes, Hayes began his professional career at age 16 in 1951. His skill and reputation in the U.K. took off and ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tubby Hayes At The Hopbine And More

Read "Tubby Hayes At The Hopbine And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

The featured album is a classic recording of Tubby Hayes, in blistering form, live at the Hopbine in London in 1969. Alongside this there are new releases from across the jazz world from Samuel Mosching, Chris Morrisey, Mario Laginha, Martin Freiberg, Jazz Station Big Band, John Hébert, Roddy Elias, Julieta Eugenio, and Bernie Senensky. Stunning improvisation ...


Article: Album Review

Tubby Hayes Quartet: The Complete Hopbine '69

Read "The Complete Hopbine '69" reviewed by Chris May

Of all the many talented jazz musicians who blazed trails in Britain in the late 1950s and 1960s, tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes in 2022 stands among the tallest. Hayes, too, is one of a handful of British musicians of his generation who have been practically deified by some of the emergent young players who are currently ...


Hip! The Untold Story of Tubby Hayes' 1965

Label: Rhythm and Blues Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc 1: Change Of Setting; Blues For Pipkins; Double Stopper; The Song Is You; 5.Whisper Not; 100% Proof; Blame It On My Youth; Wives And Lovers; I Never Know When To Say When; What’s Blue?

Disc 2: Mini Minor; Con Alma; Sometime Ago; Souriya; So What... July 12th 1965; Change Of Setting; Alone Together; Sometime Ago; Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most; Don’t Fall Off The Bridge.



Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc One: Live At The 100 Club Set 1: Phase 1 – 5. Disc Two: Live At The 100 Club Set 2: Phase 6 – 8; Encore. Disc Three: Live At Grass Roots: Phase 1 – 6.


Article: Album Review

Chris Laurence: Ken Wheeler - Some Gnu Ones

Read "Ken Wheeler - Some Gnu Ones" reviewed by Chris May

The Jazz in Britain label has made its reputation with a niche catalogue of previously unavailable archive albums, mostly recorded live back in the day by jazz greats such as the saxophonists Tubby Hayes and Joe Harriott. With the lovely Ken Wheeler: Some Gnu Ones, the label ventures more or less into the present day with ...


Article: Album Review

Splinters: Inclusivity

Read "Inclusivity" reviewed by Chris May

Archive label Jazz In Britain comes up with another winner. Inclusivity is a 3 x CD collection of the complete performances of Splinters, an all-star 1972 septet comprising three hard boppers, two radical experimentalists and two in-betweeners. They were tenor saxophonist and flautist Tubby Hayes, alto saxophonist Trevor Watts, trumpeter and flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler, pianist Stan ...


Article: Interview

Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes

Read "Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The creative juices, if not the hunger, desert many artists as they advance in years. Repetition and mediocrity—a blunting of the sword— can creep in, while past glories are often left to provide the kindling for flames that never quite catch. Such charges could never be levelled at English bassist Dave Holland, who turns seventy-five in ...


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