Tubby Hayes - A Tribute Website

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10 January 2015 - Following last year's release of "Without A Song - Rare Live Recordings 1954-73" (Box set)
and 2013's "New Edition - Rare Radio Recordings 1958-62" both on Acrobat, there are two new Tubbs releases
for 2015 so far: "Rumpus" with The Tubby Hayes Big Band on Savage Solweig Records and
(released on 26 January 2015) and "Symphony: The Lost Session 1972" on Acrobat and released on 12 January 2015
plus as a fitting tribute to the 80th anniversary year of Tubbs' birth Simon Spillett's long-awaited biography
"The Long Shadow of the Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes" will

12 November 2015 -  

As from today this website will be ‘dormant’. Over the past eleven years of its existence the website ‘Remember Tubbs’ has seen many changes and especially in recent years the amount of interest in Tubby Hayes has increased to the point where the website cannot keep abreast of newly released records etc. So the website has ‘Remembered Tubbs’ and is now confident his musical legacy will live on. Thanks to those who have supported this website especially the contributors of images and photos. If you have been, thank you for looking.10 November 2015 - The latest TH release from Gearbox Records is the Tubby Hayes Quartet - The Syndicate: Live At the Hopbine 1968 Vol.1
(12” 180gram 33rpm LP GB1532). Recorded on 5th December 1968 by Ted Lyons at the legendary Hopbine in North Wembley, ‘The Syndicate’ reveals Hayes’ new quartet that featured the spectacular Dublin born guitarist Louis Stewart and 22 year old drummer Spike Wells, with Kenny Baldock standing in for regular double bassist Ron Mathewson. More here: Gearbox Records

11 October 2015 -  Tubby Hayes' biographer Simon Spillett has just announced the publication of '100% Proof: The Complete Tubby Hayes Discography', a collaboration between Canadian discographer Tom Davis and Spillett. This new 240 page volume covers sessions for commercial album release, radio broadcasts, television appearances and private recordings made between 1951 and 1973. It also includes an overview of Hayes's film soundtrack work. The book is published by Names and Numbers.

18 August 2015 - As part of the London Jazz Festival, the DVD launch of the new Tubby Hayes documentary "A Man in a Hurry" is on Thursday 19 November 2015 at 6:00PM. The venue is Ray’s Jazz at Foyles (Level 6), 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT. The screening of the film is followed by a performance by the formidable saxophonist and Hayes' biographer Simon Spillett. Tickets are on sale at £5 here

29 April 2015 -  News just in Universal Music Group has now unearthed full master tapes for all of Tubby's Fontana records. Also found is the "lost" quartet session with Louis Stewart from 1969, alongside some tapes that have yet to be identified. Apparently some of this material was stored in Germany and has only latterly been brought back to the UK, hence the "lost" rumours. Additionally, some Tempo master tapes too, notably for Tubby's Groove have been located too. All the previously issued Japanese and Universal UK CDs of Tubby were dubbed from vinyl. In some cases (Return Visit and 100% Proof)
from knackered vinyl!  

8 April 2015 - Simon Spillett's long awaited biography, "The Long Shadow of the Little Giant - The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes" will be published very shortly and is available for pre-ordering.The publisher, Equinox has kindly offered readers to this website a 25% discount to purchase this book This discount can be claimed when ordering via the Equinox website by typing "Tubby" into the "Promotional Code" box. This discount applies to Simon's book or any music book published by Equinox. The link to the Equinox Tubby Hayes biography page is here: http://www.equinoxpub.com/home/long-shadow-little-giant-life-work-legacy-tubby-hayes-simon-spillett/

2 April 2015 - Simon Spillett's long-awaited biography "The Long Shadow of the Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes" is now scheduled for publication by Equinox Publishing Ltd on 15 April 2015. It is currently Number 1 in the music history section of books on the Amazon website and available to pre-order now.

29 March 2015 -  The editor of the website Jazz History Online ( http://www.jazzhistoryonline.com/ ) has alerted this website to a new expanded "Retro Review" covering three Acrobat Tubby Hayes releases: “The Complete Tempo Recordings”, “Without a Song” and “Symphony” which can be viewed here: http://www.jazzhistoryonline.com/Tubby_Hayes_CDs.html 

There's also a review in the latest issue of Jazz Journal (Volume 68, No 4, page 27, April 2015) of the third Tubby Hayes archival release on Savage Solweig of "Rumpus" which captures a rare 1969 big band performance which took place at The Torrington pub in Finchley, North London.

26 January 2015 - This website is delighted to have received the following press release from Mono Media:
"2015 will see the release of a DVD ‘Tubby Hayes – A Man In A Hurry’ narrated by actor and Hayes fan Martin Freeman (produced by Mark Baxter/directed by Lee Cogswell – Summer 2015) as well as a biography by Simon Spillett – ‘The Long Shadow of the Little Giant: The Life, work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes’, along with numerous newly discovered recordings from the archives. Featuring exclusive interviews with people that knew him, worked with him, musicians influenced by him, people from the music industry and fans, Tubby Hayes – A Man In A Hurry charts the life and times of Tubby Hayes. January 30th 2015 marks what would have been the 80th birthday of Edward Brian Hayes, known to the world of jazz as Tubby. A professional jazz musician at just fifteen, by his untimely death at thirty-eight, he had left behind a body of work, that has both stood the test of time and has proven to be an inspiration to many like minded musicians today. For ten years from the mid 1950s to the middle of 1960s, jazz musician, composer and arranger, Tubby Hayes became a household name in Britain. He had his own shows on national television and he played on some of the most iconic recordings of that era, including the soundtracks to the films ‘Alfie’ and ‘The Italian Job'. Tubby became the first solo UK jazz performer to be invited to play in the United States, where Miles Davis attended his first gig in New York and his services were much in demand here in the UK by the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones and Dizzy Gillespie. However, the combination of years of over work, drug abuse and the rise of Pop music in the UK – much to the detriment of the world of British jazz – ultimately found Tubby struggling to complete sometimes poorly attended concerts. He had burnt very brightly but then quickly faded from the general publics consciousness soon after his untimely death in June 1973. Perhaps, now a forgotten man by many. But 2015, over forty years since his sad demise, Tubby and his numerous recordings from a highly productive twenty-year period have steadily attracted a growing band of dedicated fans around the globe."
The DVD is expected to be released in late summer but meanwhile here is a link to the official trailer:  Tubby Hayes - A Man In A Hurry

25 January 2015 - Simon Spillett's long-awaited biography "The Long Shadow of the Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes" is now scheduled for publication by Equinox Publishing Ltd on 25 March 2015. For full details and to pre-order see the Equinox website here

10 January 2015 - Following last year's release of "Without A Song - Rare Live Recordings 1954-73" (box set) and 2013's "New Edition - Rare Radio Recordings 1958-62" both on Acrobat, there are two new Tubbs releases for 2015 so far: "Rumpus" with The Tubby Hayes Big Band on Savage Solweig Records (released on 26 January 2015) and "Symphony: The Lost Session 1972" on Acrobat and released on 12 January 2015, plus, as a fitting tribute to the 80th anniversary year of Tubbs' birth, Simon Spillett's long-awaited biography "The Long Shadow of the Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes" will be published by Equinox Publishing Ltd in the Spring of this year. Update: The URLs on the "Links" page have all been checked and corrected and all work now!

8 June 2014 - Two Jazz Couriers albums are reissued on 16 June 2014 as two LPs on one CD on the Fresh Sounds label: England's Greatest Combo aka The Couriers of Jazz! (Recorded in London November 1958) + The Message From Britain (Recorded in London 26 June and 3 July 1959), both have been remastered in 24 bit stereo and are accompanied by a bonus track "Last Minute Blues" (mono). 

1 January 2014 -  This coming Sunday, January 5th 2014, BBC Radio Ulster are broadcasting a special hour-long Jazz Club interview with saxophonist and Tubby Hayes aficionado Simon Spillett, detailing his work as a performer and a writer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03nxlh3   The programme will be available on the BBC i-player during the following week.

5 November 2013 - An extremely important previously unreleased set from The Tubby Hayes Quartet  is out on 18 November from Gearbox. "Seven Steps To Heaven: Live At The Hopbine 1972" (Gearbox GB1523)  is a 12” 180gm Vinyl LP which includes a free download code - This is "The first commercial release of an historic Tubby Hayes performance that fully captures the more restrained and subtler side of his robust talent. Recorded at the Hopbine, London on May 2nd 1972." Tracklisting:  A1. Someday My Prince Will Come (12:32);  A2. Seven Steps To Heaven (5:40);  B1. Alone Together (14:23). Personnel:  Tubby Hayes - tenor saxophone, flute; Mike Pyne - piano;  Daryl Runswick - bass;  Tony Oxley - drums. Significantly it is in stereo and in addition to Mike Pyne, Tubby's regular pianist also features virtuoso players Tony Oxley and Daryl Runswick - possibly the only recording with this line-up.

20 September 2013 -  This news just in and quoted verbatim from the Acrobat Music website: "Acrobat’s expanding catalogue of British modern jazz expands with exclusive collection of previously unreleased radio broadcasts by Tubby Hayes. As further evidence of Acrobat’s commitment to expanding the availability of important recordings from the golden era of British post-war modern jazz, we have released a 2-CD set of rare radio recordings by bands featuring the great tenor saxophonist and vibes player Tubby Hayes. The collection comprises extracts from broadcasts in which Tubby appeared between 1958 and 1962, and as well as various incarnations of Tubby’s own Quartet and Quintet, features The Jazz Couriers, Victor Feldman, Jimmy Deuchar Plus Ten, The John Dankworth Orchestra, and the only known extant radio broadcast he did from the USA with The Walter Bishop Trio. None of this material has been commercially available to date as far as we are aware, so it is an absolute must for enthusiasts of this great era of British musical creativity. Details are: ADDCD3097   New Edition - Tubby Hayes Rare Radio Recordings 1958-62". More from Acrobat's website here: http://tinyurl.com/ofqxa58 

23 June 2013 - Jazz Line Up tribute to the 40th Anniversary of the death of Tubby Hayes: "Celebrating British Jazz: Kevin Le Gendre marks the 40th Anniversary of the death of UK jazz legend Tubby Hayes with session music from the BBC Maida Vale studios featuring the Simon Spillett Quartet and analysis from writer Bob Sinfield and broadcaster Stephen Duffy." Programme available for another 5 days here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02yjlsh

5 June 2013 - An extract from the forthcoming biography of Tubby Hayes by Simon Spillett "The Long Shadow of the Little Giant" appears in the latest issue of Jazz Journal (June 2013 edition) 

27 February 2013 -  Proper Music released on 25 February 2013 a new Tubby Hayes box set, Little Giant Steps which includes in addition to tracks from the Tempo Tubby's Groove recordings, the first six Tubbs albums recorded for Fontana [Tubbs, Tubbs in NY, Equation in Rhythm, Down in the Village, Late Spot at Scott's, Return Visit plus the three Tubbs tracks on Palladium Jazz Date (the album shared with Cleo Laine). Most of these recordings excepting the Tubby’s Groove and Palladium ones are in stereo. This four CD box set is enhanced by liner notes by Tubbs expert and author, Simon Spillett. Full details from the Proper Music website here: http://www.propermusic.com/product-details/Tubby-Hayes-Little-Giant-Steps-4CD-148786

8 January 2013 -  The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59 - Tubby Hayes (Acrobat - Catalogue Number: ACSCD6002) due out February 2013. This 6 CD box set includes a 6,000 word booklet written by Tubbs expert Simon Spillett. More details here: http://www.acrobatmusic.net/?cid=5&AlbumId=807

4 January 2013 - Tubby Hayes was one of the many Jazz musicians who would hang out at Dobells record shop. A project on Kickstarter has been launched to put on an exhibition of artifacts from the Dobells Jazz, Blues & Folk iconic record shop.  It will be a free exhibition and will run for six weeks in April this year. Please check out this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/503205883/sound-of-dobells

11 November 2012 -  Simon Spillett features on the cover and in "The Test" feature of the latest issue (November 2012) of Jazz Journal: http://www.jazzjournal.co.uk/

22 September 2012 - Coming soon!  TUBBY HAYES DISCOGRAPHY by C. Tom Davis and Simon Spillett
Published by Names and Numbers (Netherlands):
             A comprehensive coverage of Hayes work on record, radio and TV from 1951 to 1973 - the definitive listing of Tubbs recorded legacy! A must for all Tubby fans!

12 September 2012 -  News just in courtesy of Simon Spillett:
“Acrobat are releasing a new CD which is a MUST for all Tubby Hayes fans. Jazz From London 1957 is a previously unreleased concert recording by an all-star British jazz unit including Tubby Hayes, Hank Shaw, Bert Courtley, Ken Wray, Vic Ash, Jimmy Skidmore, Dill Jones, Lennie Bush and Bill Eyden. The album dates from spring 1957 and is the earliest recorded example of Tubby playing the vibraphone - which he'd taken up just weeks before! Needless to say, his playing is stunningly accomplished. There is also a magical two tenor duel with Jimmy Skidmore. This recording - only recently discovered - is one of the most important British jazz finds of recent years, documenting nine of the UK's top modernists at the peak of their powers.  The CD comes with a 5000 word booklet (written by SS), providing background and context to the concert, as well as photographs and ephemera from the original concert programme. The catalogue number is ACMCD 4368 and the release date is Monday September 17th.”

1 September 2012 - Vocalion has now re-released John Dankworth's seminal album from 1963 "What the Dickens!" featuring a host of guest musicians including Tubby Hayes. This is the first time this album has been made available on CD other than via the Dankworth's own label only from their shop. Highly recommended and accompanied by Sir John's 1969 album "Off Duty!". Both albums are in stereo. The catalogue number is CDSML 8491 and is in stock and available now from Vocalion: http://www.duttonvocalion.co.uk/

25 February 2012 -  Gearbox Records will soon be releasing another in its series of limited edition 12" LPs:
The Jazz Couriers Live in Morecambe 1959 - Tippin' which features Ronnie Scott (tenor), Tubby Hayes (tenor, vibes), Terry Shannon (piano), Jeff Clyne (bass) and Bill Eyden (drums). Sleeve notes have been specially written by Simon Spillett.
Tracks are:
Side 1: Tippin'/For All We Know
Side 2: Embers/Cherokee/The Theme
This is a previously unreleased live recording  made at the Tivoli Restaurant, Morecambe,
Lancashire on Wednesday March 25th 1959. Gearbox GB1510.
It will be available from Sister Ray, Honest Jon's, Amazon and other specialist vinyl sellers outside the UK hopefully from around 5th March

11 February 2012 - "The Hidden Tubby Hayes" by Simon Spillett is featured in the March 2012 issue of Record Collector magazine on sale March 1. This article focuses on recordings made by Tubbs as sideman.

5 January 2012 - Tubby's New Groove (Candid CCD 79554) which was released last year topped the "Top Ten Reissues and Archive 2011" category in the December/January issue of Jazzwise magazine's "Albums of the Year 2011". The album, originally recorded in 1959 at Decca Studios in London, benefits from three additional tracks over and above those on the original album Tubby's Groove. The recently discovered containing these and the original tracks are superior in sonic quality to the three which had previously been reissued. On this reissue the extensive sleeve notes are by Tubbs expert and "evangelist", Simon Spillett. Highly recommended!

7 November 2011 - Another great erstwhile colleague of Tubby Hayes died yesterday. Virtuoso pianist Gordon Beck passed away aged 73. He played on two of Tubbs' greatest live albums "Late Spot At Scotts" and "Down In The Village". RIP Gordon.

3 February 2011 - The great drummer Tony Levin who played in the Tubby Hayes Quartet and was heard on Tubby Hayes'  seminal album "Mexican Green" died on 3 February aged 71. This is another great loss to British jazz. RIP Tony. 

1 September 2010 - A series of previously unreleased archive recordings by legendary British tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes will be released on 27 September 2010 by Savage Solweig Records. The first in the series 'Lament' featuring pianist Mike Pyne, bassist Ron Mathewson and drummer Tony Levin perform an extended version of the Mexican Green plus three jazz standards. These recordings will be presented with 12 page booklets, rare unseen Tubby photos and extensive sleevenotes by saxophonist and Tubby Hayes expert, Simon Spillett.

More details are available on the Savage Solweig website here: Savage Solweig Records

16 July 2010 - Photographer Freddy Warren, who granted permission for his photograph of Tubby Hayes to be used on this site (see home page), died in a fire in his home in Camden Town, London on 29 March 2010 at around 5am. He was 71. Rest in Peace Freddy.

Tubby Hayes - Jazz Genius - The Flamingo Era

Following his apprenticeship with the UK big bands of Ambrose, Jack Parnell, and Vic Lewis, tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes (who'd turned pro aged 15) began leading his own groups from 1956 onwards, putting together varying combos including quartets, quintets and even sextets. Hayes' astonishing and seemingly endless virtuosity quickly established him as Britain's leading jazz player, and he recorded for a multitude of labels in the UK and USA (where he was similarly feted). His work with the Jazz Couriers is still considered the epitome of British modern jazz. The esteem in which he was held can perhaps be gauged by the fact that when the Duke Ellington Orchestra played the Royal Festival Hall in 1964, Tubby Hayes was chosen to deputise for the absent Paul Gonsalves. Tubby Hayes' personal problems are well-documented elsewhere, but his career as a British jazz player was unique. He died aged 38 in 1973 during heart surgery and is still greatly missed.

Jazz Genius compiles four albums recorded between 1957 and 1961. Celebrated studio and live sets by the Jazz Couriers feature the twin-tenor saxophone attack of Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. The London Jazz Quartet album allows Hayes to display his mastery of vibes, flute and alto saxophone, while he is teamed with jazz greats Bill Le Sage and Jimmy Deuchar in the Tony Kinsey Quintet. The compilation also dips into the Jazz At The Flamingo album for the two tracks on which Hayes sits in with the Tony Crombie Quintet, and rounds up a couple of studio sides, again with Crombie.

RELEASE DATE: 12 Apr 2010


LABEL: Fantastic Voyage

 30 January 2010 - Today is the 75th anniversary of the birth of Edward 'Tubby' Hayes  

26 January 2010 - The Guestbook was spammed and as there is no way of removing individual posts,  I have now closed it permanently, but here are the genuine comments it received:

"Tubby was one of the greatest saxophonists ever and he showed that jazz in Britian was on a par with the best in the world. God bless you Tubby Hayes". Bill Geldeard,  November 18, 2009
"As a young man in London in the 60s I saw Tubby as often as I could. I have always believed him to be one of the few greatest tenor sax players of all time and I introduce his music to as many people as possible here in Canada. Fellow musicians are bowled over when they here him. I miss him and play his music continuously because no one has ever played it better". A giant of jazz. Bill Street, November 24, 2009
"Tubby Hayes was an inspiration to me as a young jazz musician. I still love to listen to his playing. Thanks you Tubbs". Ernie Krivda,  January 06, 2010
"First saw Tubby in Derby playing with Tito Burns, he was the greatest Tenor player Britain ever produced. Rest in Peace Tubby". Michael D. Adams, Melbourne, Australia January 12, 2010

29 December 2009 - News from Simon Spillett - the following is taken from his recent posting on the All About Jazz bulletin board:

"I'd just like to alert everyone to some new releases and forthcoming celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of Tubby's birth.

Spring 2010 will see the release of two new Tubby Hayes CDs on the Candid label. The first, titled Inventivity, is culled from Les Tomkins archive taped at Ronnie Scott's during the mid-1960s, and features Tubby with Sal Nistico, Cat Anderson, Rolf Ericson and Albert Stinson. This double-CD also includes a 1966 interview with Tubby and Nistico which has never been previously transcribed or published in any form. (As part of the same series Candid are also releasing a CD of Ronnie Scott with Freddie Hubbard, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Stitt and Donald Byrd).

The second Candid CD is Tubby's New Groove, recorded at the same 1959 sessions as the Tempo album Tubby's Groove but intended for release on Blue Note. The original master tape was rediscovered last year by Michael Cuscuna and the audio quality is outstanding: for the first time Terry Shannon, the late Jeff Clyne and Phil Seamen emerge from the aural gloom.
This album will surely be ranked among Tubby's best!

More exciting still is the news that a new label will be launched in early 2010, exclusively issuing treasures from Tubby's own personal tape archive. This programme of releases will feature live recordings by Tubby's quartet, quintet and big band from the 1960s as well as privately recorded studio sessions dating back to the early 1950s, with Tubby alongside Stan Tracey, Ken Wray, Basil Kirchin, Harry South and Eddie Thompson. Each CD will feature extensive notes, period photographs and, where available, interview quotes from those directly involved.

The first release, due in March, will feature a blistering live concert recording by the 1964 edition of Tubby's quintet. (Further unheard sessions have been rediscovered in the last few weeks, including an astounding gig by the famed Mexican Green line-up from spring 1967).

On February 3rd, Ronnie Scott's club presents a special Tubby Hayes 75th Birthday night featuring the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra.
The bands director Pete Long and myself have combined our Hayes big band libraries to assemble a musical journey through Tubby's life and some of the arrangements will not have been played at Ronnie's since the 1960s!

Finally, my biography of Tubby is close to completion and will hopefully go to publication in 2010."

 23 November 2009 - Stuart Maconie's 'Freak Zone' (BBC Radio 6) programme last night featured tracks by Joe Harriott and Tubby Hayes from albums which have just been released on vinyl on the Gearbox Label. The programme can be heard for another six days from today via the BBC iPlayer and the link to the show is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/freakzone/ 

7 November 2009 - This website is very sad to report the passing yesterday of the great bass player Jeff Clyne at the age of 72. Jeff was, of course, a founder member of Nucleus and played on its first three studio albums. He left Nucleus to join jazz rock bands Isotope and Gilgamesh. He also formed his own band 'Turning Point' which earlier this year had its two albums reissued for the first time on CD by Vocalion. Jeff Clyne began his career with Stan Tracey, the Jazz Couriers, Tubby Hayes (100% Proof) and Keith Tippett. In 1966 Clyne also recorded a little known but excellent album with Ian Carr plus Trevor Watts and John Stevens entitled 'Springboard' for Polydor. This has yet to be reissued on CD but is regarded as one of the finest examples of contemporary British jazz. Jeff Clyne was also a higlhy regarded accompanist and tutor, co-directing the Wavendon jazz course, and teaching at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He will be much missed. R.I.P. Jeff.

11 October 2009 - An LP of previously unreleased BBC recordings by the Tubby Hayes Band - BBC Jazz For Moderns (Gearbox Records GB 1502) will be released in the next couple of weeks and will be available in Sister Ray's Records in Soho and via Sister Ray's Amazon and eBay sites. Retailing at £24.99, the first run of 500 LP's will have a limited edition number in the wax. Sleeve notes are by the redoubtable Tubbsophile, Simon Spillett. Gearbox are also releasing a Joe Harriott BBC Jazz For Moderns 12" EP at the same time for £14.99










11 July 2009 - The new (very) limited edition 7" vinyl EP 'Voodoo' comprising three tracks performed by Tubby Hayes and his group and taken from the movie 'Dr Terror's House of Horrors' is available for pre-order now from Trunk Records here 4 June 2009 - There is a new Facebook group called the Tubby Hayes Appreciation Society which can be viewed here










2 May 2009 - Reel Recordings have just released a rare live session recorded at the 100 Club in London of Splinters featuring Tubby Hayes, Stan Tracey, Phil Seamen, John Stevens, Jeff Clyne, Kenny Wheeler and Trevor Watts. Entitled 'Split the Difference' it captures a groundbreaking and all-too shortlived group of some of the finest jazz musicians playing at their best. Check it out on the Reel Recordings website 

24 March 2009 - Following public demand, Trunk Records has now just reissued for the first time on CD 'Hymns a Swinging' by The Ted Taylor Organsound with the Mike Sammes Singers and featuring Tubby Hayes on flute and tenor. This is an extremely interesting musical curio from the 1960s and a "must" for Tubbs aficianados.Check out the page on this release on the Trunk Records website here:

20 May 2008 - Tentoten Records issues next week the previously unreleased recordings of Tubby Hayes at Ronnie Scott's entitled 'Intensity - The 1965 Tapes'. This CD contains three tracks, 'Mini-Minor', 'Alone Together' and 'Sometime Ago' with over 60 minutes of music. Personnel in this quartet session includes Terry Shannon on piano, Jeff Clyne on bass and Benny (David) Goodman on drums. Tubbs can be heard on tenor and flute and there are expert and extensive (9 pages) sleevenotes by Simon Spillett. Release date is 26 May 2008 and the CD catalogue number is TTTCDS 759. This release is highly recommended.

31 March 2008 - This website is very saddened to report that former Tubbs' drummer Allan Ganley passed away on Saturday 29 March 2008 at the age of 77. This poll winning maestro of percussion will be greatly missed by his many fans and friends. RIP Allan.

20 March 2008 - A new Tubbs album taken from a live recording made in 1965 at Ronnie's is due out in the next few weeks on TentoTen Records. The album title is 'Intensity' and it features Terry Shannon, Jeff Clyne and Benny Goodman (the drummer).

24 January 2008 - The latest edition of Record Collector magazine (February 2008, No 346) has the first part of a major feature on British jazz collectables which naturally includes albums by Tubby Hayes and The Jazz Couriers amongst many others.

3 January 2008 - Sienna Red is the new album by Tubbs aficionado and tenor player extraordinaire Simon Spillett. It is out from 7 January 2008 and is released on the Woodville Label (Woodville WVCD 120). The album features no less than five tracks written by Tubby Hayes, and the full tracklisting is as follows:

1. Mini Minor (Ian Hamer)

2. Lifeline (TH)

3. Souriya (TH)

4. Peace Pipe (Ernie Wilkins)

5. Rumpus (TH)

6. Ricardo (TH)

7. Pint Of Bitter (Clark Terry)

8. The Right To Love (Lalo Schifrin)

9. Sienna Red (TH)

10. Oleo (Sonny Rollins)

Copies are available directly from Simon - to contact him email him here: SIMONSPILL@aol.com

29 December 2007 - Stan Tracey, 'Godfather of British Jazz' received a CBE in the 2008 New Year's honours list for services to jazz music. Congratulations to Stan on this well deserved award.

25 October 2007 - The latest Jazz Journal, (November 2007) has a couple of articles which will be of interest to Tubby fans: Mark Gardner interviews drummer Tony Levin, and Simon Spillett's article 'The Little Giant and The Duke' details the background to Tubby's famous sit-in with Ellington in 1964.

21 October 2007 - A rare clip has been added to You Tube of The Tubby Hayes Big Band playing 'The Inner Splurge' from 1969 at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and which features solos by Tubby on tenor and Louis Stewart - this clip is from the BBC series 'Jazz Scene' and can be viewed here

 9 October 2007 - 'Tubby Hayes - The Little Giant' (Properbox 117) recently won the 2007 British Jazz Awards 'Reissue of The Year' category. The full list of winners is as follows: TRUMPET Guy Barker; TROMBONE Dennis Rollins; CLARINET Alan Barnes; ALTO SAXOPHONE Soweto Kinch; TENOR SAXOPHONE Karen Sharp; PIANO David Newton; GUITAR Martin Taylor; BASS Alec Dankworth; DRUMS Ralph Salmins; MISC. INSTRUMENT Jim Hart (Vibes); VOCALS Claire Teal; RISING STAR Karen Sharp; SMALL GROUP Stan Tracey Trio; BIG BAND BBC Big Band; BEST NEW CD Dune Records for "Ride! Ferris Wheel" by Abram Wilson; BEST RE-ISSUE CD Proper Records for "The Little Giant" by Tubby Hayes

18 September 2007 - There is an excellent three page article in this month's Jazz Journal International (Volume 60, No. 9) entitled "Re-Impressed: Tubby Hayes and the British Jazz Re-Issue Boom" by Simon Spillett.

13 July 2007 - Congratulations to Simon Spillett for winning the 'Rising Star' award at the BBC Jazz Awards last night. Simon and winner of the 'Best Instrumentalist' category, Julian Siegel, played a rousing version of 'Sonnymoon for Two' (the Tubby Hayes version to be found on 100% Proof) accompanied by the BBC Big Band led by Guy Barker. Appropriately, amongst the BBC Big Band members playing last night was Simon's saxophone teacher, the great Vic Ash.

12 July 2007 - Another great clip (see 7 July below) - 'Parisian Thoroughfare' from the album 'Tubbs Tours' - has now been put onto You Tube and can be viewed here.

7 July 2007 - A great clip of 'The Killers of W1' from the album 'Tubbs Tours' has now been put onto You Tube - this is from the BBC series 'Jazz 625' and can be viewed here

7 June 2007 - Leading Tubby Hayes expert and tenor saxophonist extraordinaire Simon Spillett has today been officially named as one of three nominees for the category of 'Rising Star' at the BBC Jazz Awards which take place on 12 July 2007 at the Mermaid Theatre in London.

4 May 2007 - Mojo magazine (June 2007 issue) gives the Proper Box set 'The Little Giant' a four star rating in its reissues review section

17 April 2007 - Throughout the Easter weekend, theJazz digital jazz radio station revealed the top Jazz 500 as voted by listeners of theJazz. Tubby Hayes figured in three places, one of the few Brits to make the chart! Here are the Tubbs tracks in order with position shown in brackets: Tubby Hayes - 'A Dedication To Joy' (355); Tubby Hayes & Paul Gonsalves Allstars - 'Don't Fall Off The Bridge' (379) and Tubby Hayes & Gordon Beck - 'The Song Is You' (from the album 'Commonwealth Blues') (420)

1 February 2007 - A mystery solved! (courtesy of Simon Spillett's research): The Jasmine CD issue The Eighth Wonder (JASCD 611) has two untitled tracks as bonuses. These, together with an alternate of Tin Tin Deo, were dubbed from an original acetate from the December 1959 Tubby's Groove Tempo session which was entrusted to drummer Spike Wells after Hayes death. Upon the CDs release, many people recognised one untitled track as Visa by Charlie Parker. The other track is a Hayes composition called Supper At Phil's, dedicated to the drummer on the session, the great Phil Seamen.

27 January 2007 - A review of the new Tubby Hayes Proper Box 4 CD set can be viewed here.

16 January 2007 - A transcript of the Peter Clayton tribute to Tubby Hayes broadcast the week in which Tubbs died has kindly been provided to this website by Simon Spillett and can be read here.

18 December 2006 - A major Tubby Hayes retrospective 4 CD boxed set, entitled 'The Little Giant' and covering the period 1954-1956 will be issued by Proper Records in the New Year. A first-ever Tubby Hayes boxed set, it will contain copious sleeve notes written by Tubbs aficionado Simon Spillett. This historic collection will be available from 29 January 2007.

7 December 2006 - A review of the new debut album by Tubbs expert Simon Spillett can be read here. The CD contains quite a few Tubby Hayes musical allusions including a 10 minute version of "Off The Wagon".

1 November 2006 - Good to see TH get a namecheck and photo in the latest edition of Radio Times. This occurs in a short article by journalist Louis Barfe on the subject of "Why don't we hear more live jazz on radio?" (RT week beginning 28 October 2006, page 121).

3 September 2006 - Ian Hamer 1932-2006 - Simon Spillett has just informed this website of the very sad news of the sudden death of trumpeter Ian Hamer after suffering a massive heart attack last night. He was nine days away from what would have been his 74th birthday. Ian's career stretched back over fifty years and included stints with Tubby Hayes (playing on all but one of Hayes' big band albums) and Ian's own sextet, formed in the middle 1960s, often included Tubby Hayes, as witnessed by the recent 2-CD set 'Acropolis' (released on the Jasmine label). Ian Hamer b. Merseyside, September 11th 1932 d. Brighton, Sussex, September 2nd 2006. Rest in peace Ian.

20 August 2006 - Some important and historic Tubbs CDs will be released in the next few months. One will be a major retrospective, the others will feature previously unreleased material - more news when we have it

29 June 2006 - Tubby Hayes will be the subject of BBC Radio 3's Jazz Legends next week. "Julian Joseph talks to journalist Jack Massarik about the British tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes, whose career started at the tender age of 15. Hayes occasionally ventured on to the vibes and flute, and gave some memorable performances with Ronnie Scott and the Jazz Couriers". BBC Radio 3, Friday 7 July 2006 16:00-17:00 BST.

17 June 2006 - On FRIDAY JUNE 23rd COOKHAM SUMMER FM, South Bucks and Berks independent local radio station, will feature a tribute to the late great TUBBY HAYES. The regular Friday jazz show, NEVER THE SAME WAY ONCE, hosted by Geoff Cronin, will have SIMON SPILLETT as the studio guest, discussing his affection for Tubby's music, playing some prime examples of Tubbs at his best and talking about the late great saxophonist's legacy and influence. There may even be a rare recording or two heard on air! For those outside of the area Cookham Summer FM is also online.

11 June 2006 - Record Collector (July 2006) lists Tubbs at number 5 in their Bid-o-meter column of June's biggest e-Bay bids with 'After Lights Out' (Tempo TAP 6) selling for (wait for it) œ1,132. RC managed to spoil it somewhat by inserting a photo of 'Tubbs' which in fact was of Jimmie Deuchar clearly holding a trumpet and Tubbs nowhere to be seen!

31 May 2006 - Tommy Watt - who was a star of British jazz in the 1950s, died aged 80 on 20 May. Tubby Hayes recorded with him on several occasions including on Watt's album 'It Might As Well Be Swing'. An online obituary from the Guardian can be found here

4 April 2006 - Following the demise of Mole Jazz, classical record store Harold Moores Records is now stocking jazz CDs and records. The jazz section can be found in the basement of Harold Moores which is at 2 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HQ, Telephone + 44 (0)20 7437 1576. email and website

3 March 2006 - Just released: The great tenor saxophonist, Wilton 'Bogey' Gaynair's 'Africa Calling' - Produced by Tubby Hayes' former Tempo producer Tony Hall and recorded with one of Tubbs' classic rhythm sections (Terry Shannon, Jeff Clyne and Bill Eyden), also featured on some tracks is the great Shake Keane. This was recorded in 1960 for Tempo but never previously released due to the sad demise of that label. (Candid, CCD79552)

25 January 2006 - An excellent new website dedicated to British Be-Bop from 1948 to 1963 has been launched and contains references and useful information on Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and all their contemporaries. It can be found here

23 January 2006 - Spotlite Jazz has just released two albums by the late, great Mick Pyne. 'Live at Ronnie Scott's' is a trio album from 1990 and features Tubbs' last rhythm section (Mick plus Ron Matthewson and Spike Wells) SPJ561CD and 'Alone Together' SPJ406CD is a solo album by Mick, surely one of the UK's best jazz pianists.

31 December 2005 - John Dankworth received a Knighthood in the New Year honours list. This is the first time a jazz musician has been honoured thus. Congratulations go to Sir John!

30 December 2005 - The Melody Maker Jazz Polls page (British Section) has been updated and expanded to include more of the polls in full. It also now covers from 1960-1974 Check it out here

23 December 2005 - Record Collector magazine (January 2006, issue 319) cites in its 'Pick of 2005' Tubby Hayes' 'Mexican Green' as one of the top 10 jazz CDs. As the only British album represented in this category, this website agrees with RC about this choice, easily Tubby's best small group album, which was thankfully reissued in October this year for the first time on CD in the UK by Universal Jazz.

29 November 2005 - Tubbs expert and tenor sax player Simon Spillett, has been gigging recently in the wilds of Kent. At Bexley Jazz Club yesterday, he was guesting with the legendary bassist Joe Mudele's trio and was billed as playing in a "Tubby Hayes style" which indeed he does and very well too. Be sure to catch him at a venue near you. Click here to go to the Simon Spillett website

28 October 2005 - A review by John Fordham of 'Mexican Green' appeared in today's Guardian and can be viewed here

10 October 2005 - A review of 'Live at the Hopbine' and 'Live at the Dancing Slipper' has now been posted on this website here

4 October 2005 - Harkit Records are releasing two newly unearthed live recordings by Tubby Hayes "Live at the Hopbine" and "Live at the Dancing Slipper". Sleeve notes are by the erudite and redoubtable Tubbs expert Simon Spillett and the "Slipper" album is a double CD. Release date is set for 10 October 2005. Check out the Harkit website for full details here

23 September 2005 - The long awaited Fontana label Tubbs reissues are now definitely due for release on 10 October 2005 (according to Universal Jazz UK) - apparently the problems preventing their earlier release have now been resolved although there will still be a further delay on 'Return Visit'. Read the Universal Jazz newsletter (iJazz) article about these releases here

26 August 2005 - A major article on Tubby Hayes by Jack Massarik is published in the latest (September 2005) issue of Jazzwise

24 August 2005 - The six Fontana label Tubbs reissues are now expected to be reissued by Universal on 5 September 2005

28 July 2005 - A review of the soon-to-be-reissued Tubbs classic 'Mexican Green' has been published on the All About Jazz website here

20 July 2005 - A review of 'Commonwealth Blues' has now been posted on this website here

14 July 2005 - 'Commonwealth Blues' the rare transcription recordings made by the Tubby Hayes Quartet will be available to purchase from the Art of Life website from 15 July

11 July 2005 - Tony Levin's label "Rare Music Recordings" has issued a double CD of a live set from 1966 by the Tubby Hayes Quartet featuring Levin, Mike Pyne and Ron Matthewson, entitled 'Addictive Tendencies'. It is available now from Crazy Jazz and should be available eventually from his web site and from shops.

6 July 2005 - News just in - Universal (UK) plans to reissue no fewer than six Tubbs albums originally released on the Fontana label: Equation In Rhythm (with Jack Costanzo), Mexican Green, Return Visit (aka Tubby's Back In Town), Tubbs' Tours, Tubbs (wrongly named Tenor & Vibraphone in some initial press releases)and 100% Proof. There will be original liner notes plus updated notes, original artwork. Mastered from the master tapes. These are scheduled for sometime in August.

100% Proof, Tubbs Tours, Mexican Green, Return Visit, Equation in Rhythm and Tubbs

Undoubtedly six of the finest British jazz albums ever recorded and due for re-issue on CD in August 2005 by Universal

100% Proof was Melody Maker Jazz LP of the year in 1968

Mexican Green was voted 2nd place in the 1969 Melody Maker albums of the year section

1 July 2005 - Art of Life Records is releasing 'Commonwealth Blues' which is the complete set of recordings by the Tubby Hayes Quartet originally intended for Spanish radio broadcast. There are 8 versions of the song "Tubby's Blues" which are not actually alternate takes. This was a theme that was played by the Quartet at the start and end of each of the 4 individual radio programmes and each of the 8 versions is different. Some of them are a minute long or less and one is over 3 minutes in length. Tubbs plays different instruments on the different versions depending on what instrument he played on that particular radio programme. The first programme, which conists of tracks 1 through 5 of the CD, is Tubbs on tenor sax. The second programme, which consists of tracks 6 through 10 on the CD, is Tubbs on vibes. The third programme, which consists of tracks 11 through 15 on the CD, is Tubbs on flute. The fouth programme, which consists of tracks 16 through 20 on the CD, is Tubbs on flute and vibes. Art of Life has chosen to include the complete performances in their entirety as they would be heard if actually listening to the original transcription discs. It is due for release very soon:

Art of Life Records

29 June 2005 - Jazzwise (July 2005) has published a four star review of the recently released Harkit Records Tubby Hayes album 'Live in London Volume 2'.

20 May 2005 - The Harkit reissue of Jazz Tete a Tete (featuring Tubby Hayes with the Les Condon Quartet, Tony Coe, et al) is now in the shops along with Tubby Hayes Live in London, Volume 2

17 April 2005 - There's a new review of the recently reissued album by Friedrich Gulda ('Eurojazz Orchestra', which includes Tubby Hayes) here

15 April 2005 - Clark Tracey has just released a new album by his trio entitled 'British Standard Time' which includes a version of the great Tubby Hayes composition 'Off the Wagon'. For more details about this CD check out Clark's web site here

12 March 2005 - A review of the forthcoming new Harkit CD 'Tubby Hayes Live in London Volume 2' can be found here

27 February 2005 - Good CD reviews for both 'Blue Hayes - The Tempo Anthology' and Spike Heatley's 'One for Clifford ...and Another One for Tubby' appear in the latest (March 2005) issue of Jazzwise magazine

22 February 2005 - A listing of the Tubby Hayes Quartet BBC Sessions 1967 is available to view here

21 February 2005 - A review of the recently reissued IAJRC album 'Tubby Hayes - England's Late Jazz Great', now on CD for the first time, is available to view here

17 February 2005 - A new Tubby Hayes Discography Addendum by Tom Davis, is available to view here

15 February 2005 - Jazz Britannia at the Barbican (12 February) paid a tribute to Tubby Hayes when the Michael Garrick Big Band played an excellent arrangement of Tubby's 'Down in the Village' and film of the TH Big Band on Jazz 625 (playing 'The Killers of W1') was shown. Other Tubbs' colleagues, Peter King and Bobby Wellins played on stage at this event with the MGBB.

26 January 2005 - Don't miss the British jazz night on BBC 4 television on Friday (28 January) which includes the first of a major three part series on jazz in Britain, 'Jazz Britannia' - Checkout the BBC web site for full details

26 January 2005 - This month two separate auctions on eBay fetched an amazing $100 and $79 respectively for two out of print Japanese CD reissues of 'Mexican Green'. Maybe if it were reissued in the UK on CD it might vie with Jamie Cullum's massive sales?

21 January 2005 - There is a review by John Fordham of 'Acropolis' in today's The Guardian

19 January 2005 - Read the first review of the outstanding new Ian Hamer album 'Acropolis' which features over an hour of Tubby Hayes here

14 January 2005 - The three part BBC 4 television programme 'Jazz Britannia' - scheduled for 28 January, is now detailed on the BBC web site here where Tubby Hayes is featured alongside heroes on British modern jazz

5 January 2005 - Simon Spillett has provided for this site the sleeve notes he wrote for the forthcoming Jasmine CD by Ian Hamer 'Acropolis' featuring Tubby Hayes and others, which can be viewed here

22 December 2004 - Simon Spillett has kindly contributed some discographical update notes which are at this page

19 December 2004 - A major article on Tubby Hayes by Simon Spillett 'Tubby Hayes - The Long Shadow of the Little Giant' has been posted on the Jazzscript web site here

15 December 2004 - A Jasmine press release just issued gives full details of the forthcoming major release by Ian Hamer 'Acropolis' which also features Tubby Hayes, Dick Morrissey and Alan Skidmore. The double CD contains 21 tracks recorded between 1966 and 1974 and over an hour of previously unheard Tubby Hayes including a version of Sienna Red, a Hayes composition never commercially recorded elsewhere and his last ever recording from 1973. It also contains an extensive 16 page booklet by Simon Spillett and previously unpublished photos of Ian Hamer. Release date is now 24 January 2005 - Catalogue number JASCD 641

12 October 2004 - The latest news from Jasmine is that the Tubby Hayes - 'Blue Hayes - The Tempo Anthology' CD will now be released on November 5th 2004.

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