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Harry Hayes

One of the Greatest Players

Biography of saxophonist and early advocate of British jazz, Harry Hayes (1909-2002). Followed by words from Mike Senn about his inspirational teacher.

Source: Jazz Professional 

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Harry Hayes won a school scholarship at eleven years old, for which his father rewarded him with a soprano saxophone. He made fine progress and at 16 gained his first steady professional engagement at the Regent Dance Hall in Brighton where Benny Green’s father, Dave, was in the band. At 17 he was good enough to play at the famous Kit Kat Club in the Haymarket, Piccadilly, with American bandleader Al Payne, and in 1927 at 18 years old joined a mixed Anglo-American band led by Fred Elizalde at the Savoy Hotel.

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