'Tubby Hayes - A Man In a Hurry' film screening plus Simon Spillett Quartet LIVE
A night saluting the unique British Jazz talent that was Tubby Hayes with a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary 'Tubby Hayes - A Man In A Hurry' plus a live set from the Simon Spillett Quartet performing a stunning showcase of Hayes music and arrangements.
★★★★ ‘A compelling portrait’ – Record Collector
★★★★ ‘Engrossing documentary’ – GQ Magazine
★★★★ ‘Impressively researched & highly engaging’ – The Wire Magazine
Tubby Hayes - A Man In A Hurry
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 public's consciousness soon after his untimely death in June 1973.
Now, 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.
‘Tubby Hayes – A Man In A Hurry’ is narrated by actor and Hayes fan Martin Freeman (produced by Mark Baxter/directed by Lee Cogswell) and features exclusive interviews with people that knew Tubby best, those that worked with him, musicians who influenced by him and fans that adore him. 'Tubby Hayes – A Man in a Hurry' charts life and times of Tubby Hayes, one of the most compelling stories in modern British musical history.
"A bruising, scruff-of-the-neck hard bopper, he has examined and absorbed all the greats...generates huge excitement, passion and swagger." MOJO
The perfect live compliment to the Tubby Hayes documentary - British saxophonist Simon Spillett and his quartet.
Simon has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), Jazz Journal magazine's Critic's Choice CD of the Year (2009) and Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007). Other celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom he has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded three albums, Introducing Simon Spillett (Woodville Records, 2007), Sienna Red (Woodville Records, 2008) and Square One (Gearbox Records, 2013), all of which have received highly favourable reviews in both the specialist and national press. His festival, concert and club appearances across the UK have included sold-out gigs at Ronnie Scott's and the Brecon Jazz Festival and he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Jazz-Line Up with his own band.