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Tubby Hayes and Robert Wyatt Birthdays

Claire Martin is joined by Kevin LeGendre to celebrates two significant jazz birthdays: vocalist and composer Robert Wyatt's 70th and saxophonist Tubbby Hayes 80th.

Claire Martin celebrates two significant jazz birthdays in the company of Kevin Le Gendre including vocalist/composer Robert Wyatt's 70th and saxophonist Tubbby Hayes 80th. Tubby Hayes was born
on January 30th 1935, and is probably best know for his playing with fellow saxophonist Ronnie Scott and trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar. Tubby also worked with many of the big band leaders of his day including Ambrose, Vic Lewis, Ted Heath and Jack Parnell and some of the biggest names on the international jazz scene including Clark Terry and Roland Kirk. He also appeared in a few films including All Night Long (1961) with Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus , and featured with his group in Charles Chaplin's 1957 film in A King in New York.

Robert Wyatt, born January 28th 1945, initially started his musical career in the mid-sixties as drummer in the famous Canterbury group the Wilde Flowers and then went on to co-found The Soft Machine, named after the 1961 novel by William Burroughs, one of the most popular bands of the late sixties psychedelic movement.

On June 1973, during a party, Wyatt fell from a fourth-floor window and was paralysed from the waist down. Confined to a wheelchair and unable to play the drums Wyatt reinvented himself as a singer and composer signalling the start of his colourful solo career furthering his experiments deeper into the world of jazz. He has collaborated with a variety of artists including Gilad Atzmon, Bjork, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Brian Eno and Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. There has been renewed interest in his work with the re-release of many of his albums and the recent publication of 'Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt' by Marcus O'Dair.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • The Tubby Hayes Quintet

    Down In The Village

    • Impressed With Giles Peterson.
    • Universal 064749 2.
  • Polly Gibbons

    Please Send Me Someone To Love

    • Many Faces of Love.
    • Resonance Label RCD 1022.
  • Andrzej Trzaskowski

    Kalatowki '59 (from the film Jazz Camping)

    • Jazz In Polish Cinema.
    • Jazz on Film Records JOF 002.
  • Robert Wyatt


    • Compilation.
    • Gramavision R 27959.
  • Phil Donkin

    Macon Groove

    • The Gate.
    • Whirlwind Recordings Ltd.
  • Now Is the Time Feature, with Kevin Le Gendre

    • Robert Wyatt

      Sea Song

      • Rock Bottom.
      • Domino REWIGCD 40.
    • Robert Wyatt

      A Last Straw

      • Rock Bottom.
      • Domino REWIGCD 40.
    • Robert Wyatt

      Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road

      • Rock Bottom.
      • Domino REWIGCD 40.
  • Tubby Hayes

    Dear Johnny B

    • Mexican Green.
    • Fontana 9831983.
  • Kenny Wheeler

    The Long Waiting

    • Songs for Quintet.
    • ECM ECM 2388.
  • BBC Recording, recorded at the London Jazz Festival 2014

    • Christine Tobin Quintet

      Stone Cold

    • Christine Tobin Quintet

      Corner of An Eye

  • Ant Law

    Parallel People

    • Zero Sum World.
    • Whirlwind Recordings Ltd.
  • Tubby Hayes Big Band

    Russion Roulette

    • Tubb's Tours.
    • Fontana Universal 9831886.

Photo Credit

Photo of Robert Wyatt, courtesy of Renaud Monfourny.