Tubby Hayes

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... read moreBest known in the U.K. and Europe as a tenor saxophonist, Tubby Hayes also played flute and vibes, and was a composer/arranger as well. In his early years during the '50s, he was thoroughly grounded in the classic tenor sounds of Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins, playing with a swagger and vigor...

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Active: 1950s-1960s
Country Of origin: England
Member of: The Jazz Couriers

One of England's top jazz musicians of the 1950s and '60s, Tubby Hayes was a fine hard bop stylist on tenor and occasionally vibes and flute. A professional at 15, Hayes played with Kenny Baker and in the big bands of Ambrose, Vic Lewis, and Jack Parnell during 1951-1955. He led his own group after that, and started doubling on vibes in 1956. Hayes co-led the Jazz Couriers with Ronnie Scott (1957-1959), and appeared in the U.S. a few times during 1961-1965. He headed his own big band in London, sat in with Duke Ellington's Orchestra in 1964, and was featured at many European festivals. Heart trouble forced him out of action during 1969-1971, and caused his premature death. Tubby Hayes led sessions for Tempo (1955-1959), London, Jazzland (1959), Fontana, Epic (a 1961 date with Clark Terry and Horace Parlan), Smash (a 1962 album which matched him with James Moody and Roland Kirk), 77, Spotlite, and Mole. ~ Scott Yanow~ Rovi

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