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Tubby (Edward Brian) Hayes was one of Britain's finest tenor sax players, Jazz musicians and composers. He co-led the successful Jazz Couriers with Ronnie Scott from 1957 to 1959. He led several distinguished quartets and was the first British contemporary to appear at regular intervals in the USA. One of his most distinguished quartets came in the late 1950's, a group which included Terry Shannon, Jeff Clyne, Phil Seaman or Bill Eyden. Another in the 1960's included Ron Mathewson, Tony Levin and Mike Pyne.

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...”

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