Tubby Hayes January 30 2016
Today would have been Tubby Hayes birthday he would have been 81 years old Tubby was born in st Pancras London. He was a multi-instrumentalist but more known for his tenor saxaphone playing, he turned pro at the tender age of 16 he joined Kenny Bakers sextet and later played in big bands for the likes of Roy Burns Vic Lewis and Jack Parnel in the late 50's he joined up with Ronnie Scott and formed the Jazz Couriers which in truth was most probally the most remembered of the British Jazz groups. In 1961 Tubby was asked to play in America at the half note club stunning the american audiances being likened to Coltrain Sims and many other great sax players of the time. Tragicly Tubby left us all to early sadly passing away in 1973.
Tubby has left a huge legacy of musical recordings which are much sort after collectors items
2015 saw the release of " A Man in a Hurry The Tubby Hayes Story" a DVD documentary about Tubby's life directed by Lee Cogswell and produced by Mark Baxter it contains achive footage and interviews with the people that new him iam also pleased to say that Art to Zoot supplied some of the stills photography its a must see documentry for all Jazz fans.