Photograph © Frederick C. Warren - used with kind permission of F. Warren
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Latest news updated: 25 February 2012
This web site - which was launched in June 2004 - is dedicated to the memory of the late, great, musician Tubby (Edward Brian) Hayes who was arguably the most prodigiously talented jazz multi-instrumentalist the British Isles has ever produced. He played vibes, flute, soprano, alto and baritone sax, piano, clarinet, bass clarinet and tympani, but was best known for his coruscating tenor saxophone work. He was also a talented composer and arranger. He started playing professionally at the age of fifteen joining the bands of Kenny Baker, Vic Lewis, Ambrose and Jack Parnell. He then led the reknowned Jazz Couriers with fellow tenor player and jazz legend Ronnie Scott between 1957 and 1959. Apart from leading his own small and big bands he played with many international jazz stars including Roland Kirk, Clark Terry, James Moody and Charles Mingus. In the UK he recorded with, amongst many others, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine.
Ian Carr has described Tubby Hayes as "...one of the most robust talents Britain has ever produced, and one of her most famous musicians..."
From: Music Outside by Ian Carr, Latimer: London, 1973
British jazz saxophone star Theo Travis, when asked to comment recently by the editor of this site on the statement that Tubby Hayes' seminal album 'Mexican Green' was one of the best jazz recordings made in the UK, replied: 'I couldn't agree more. Mexican Green is definitely one of the top 5 British jazz albums ever, and his best.'
"During June  Tubby stopped by the club to see Ronnie. His illness was not responding to treatment. Just before he left, Tubby made a point of letting my father know that his playing had influenced him in his formative years and that he held him in high regard. Dad always believed that Tubby wanted him to know this because he felt that his time was running out. Realising this, my father, who considered that Tubby's contribution to jazz in Britain was second to none, was a little embarrassed and let Tubby know that he had just paid him the greatest compliment Ronnie could ever hope to receive, because it had come from him, Tubby Hayes. Shortly after this, at the age of thirty-eight, Edward Brian 'Tubby' Hayes died."
From: A Fine Kind of Madness - Ronnie Scott Remembered by Rebecca Scott, Headline: London, 1999
This drawing of Tubby Hayes by artist Alastair Graham,
was kindly permitted to be used by Mr Graham.
Alastair Graham, a Tubby Hayes fan of long standing met the man at gigs,
saying he "used to see him from time to time in a pub opposite the west
end of Harrods, and he was always charming and enthusiastic".
Alastair Graham websites: Alagram and Jazzfolio.com
This site is edited by Roger Farbey. If you wish to contact him please email email@example.com