Award Winning Saxophonist
A look at the work of five British jazz pianists during the 1960s
Beans, Burps and Bebop...
More memories of Tubby Hayes from those who heard - and played with - live on the UK club circuit
It's Mod, Dad!
How a gift in the post prompted memories of modernism 1960-style
Songs in the Key of 'H'
Celebrating the extraordinary life of Malcolm Cecil (1937-2021), the 'only head-tuned bass in the business'
The Hayes Report
Is Tubby Hayes' music a gift that keeps on giving? Recently unearthed tapes and photos suggest so
It's the Sixties British jazz album everyone knows but the background to its creation hasn't always been accurately reported. So what was the thinking behind Stan Tracey's 'Under Milk Wood'?
67: Different Varieties
Hidden away on an overlooked B-side, you'll find some of the best British jazz of 1967
A brand new LP which you may have seen in the shops...
It's one of the best loved of all British modern jazz albums, but in a previously unpublished sleeve note we uncover the true story behind 'The Jazz Couriers in Concert'
Highway '61 Revisited
How listening to the lessons of sixty years ago can help us negotiate today's very different jazz climate
The Demon Butcher of Gerrard Street
Spring 1961. A young couple on an early date descend the steps into a famous London jazz club. At the foot of them, a chubby, smiling saxophonist says a cheery hello
On a clear day: Ronnie Scott 1974 Part Two
The concluding part of a study of Ronnie Scott's 1970-74 trio looks at one long forgotten West Country gig
On a clear day: Ronnie Scott 1974 Part One
Music and melancholy; the story of Ronnie Scott's journey through the early 1970s
Call in the Experts
A look at life for the blogging saxophonist; a tale of rediscovered arrangements, ill-informed publicity and the cherished honesty of a national institution
All you need is Tubbs: Part Seven
Musical night and day or artistic bedfellows? The concluding part of a series examining Brit-bop and the Beatles reveals a little known cameo for Tubby Hayes
All you need is Tubbs: Part Six
How one former sideman's radical pop reinventions may have made Tubby Hayes think twice about the Beatles
All you need is Tubbs: Part Five
Everyone knows the story of Ronnie Scott's brush with the Beatles on 'Lady Madonna' but who might one of the mystery saxophonists on another Lennon and McCartney classic really be?
All you need is Tubbs: Part Four
While John Lennon is decrying the skills of British jazzmen, Paul McCartney is checking out the Rendell/Carr Quintet. Plus, how one 1965 recording session forever changed the work expectations of London's 'session' musicians
All you need is Tubbs: Part Three
Ella Fitzgerald recording a Beatles hit, Brian Epstein organising a tour by Cannonball Adderley and Danny Moss snapping pop singles in two: all this and more in the story of 1964's great jazz divide
All you need is Tubbs: Part Two
From punch-ups in the press to carving up the Cavern: fighting talk and the first skirmishes of Beat vs. British Bebop
All you need is Tubbs: Part One
Music for pleasure or just the old twang-twang? How British jazz made its peace with the Beatles
A magic time...
Tubby Hayes was a mainstay on the British jazz scene from 1950 to his death in 1973. But what was that scene like? Some of his colleagues and contemporaries remember
Enormous maturity and judgement...
The end of Tubby Hayes' life has long been shrouded by half-truths. Those who were there tell the full story
He didn't need it...
A subject long clouded by rumour, disrespectful journalism and folklore; those who knew him tell the truth about Tubby Hayes' use of stimulants
Quite open about it...
'Boring', 'fluffing' and 'fake'. Tubby Hayes said all this of the jazz avant-garde in the press. But what did he really think?
What's It All About, Sonny?
Was March 24th 1966 Sixties London's Coolest Night Ever?
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