OBITUARY 2021: SPIKE HEATLEY is dead 10 nov

The bassist Brian John Heatley (Brian John Heatley) is always amiable and popular, and is always known as Spike. His daughter Merrill describes him as “London Old School” in Muswell Hill. Growing up, he eventually settled in Brittany, France for the last three decades, where he died at the age of 88 at the Dinan Hospital.

Spike-this nickname comes from the flat hair type he adopted early-likes jazz on the radio and dabbles in the clarinet, but for a long time, “I am full of desire for double bass.

I went to the Foote shop on Denmark Street and spent about I bought something from Czechoslovakia for £45. I am 20 years old and just graduated from the Air Force,” he told me in a 2005 interview.

After touring with several dance bands, he found a job in the quartet of multi-instrumentalist Allen Ross in 1957 and played in the Palace Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan for the summer. Here, he started some serious logging yards. “I carry books with me and I study every day.

Obviously, it worked well because he soon worked with Vic Ash’s quintet, including his American tour, 1958 recording, and passing all the top figures on the modern stage at Archer Street.

Shortly in Tubby Hayes-Ronnie Scott Jazz Couriers, he then worked with the Hayes Quartet-their opening performance for Ronnie Scott’s on October 30, 1959-and the trio of pianist Eddie Thompson, who was there the next day, and then joined In 1960, he worked for the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra for two years, initially working with pianist Dudley Moore and recording regularly.

In fact, this is Spike’s entrance into the wider studio scene when the possibilities seem limitless. “There will be pop music in the morning, light bands in the afternoon, Latin American bands in the evening, and movie music the next day, or BBC.

Jimmy Page and John McLaughlin used to be in the same rhythm group with me, playing all these crappy music,” he told me. Again, he worked with the screen band for a long time for the afternoon children’s TV show Play School [1964 -1988] Performance.

Along the way, Spike played for American jazz visitors, such as the pianist Mary Lou Williams who rated him, the tenor Ben Webster, the trumpeter Charlie Shaffers, and Anita O. Singers such as Dai, Helen Merrill and Dinah Washington.

Long stay with Tony Coe Quintet, touring with Kenny Baker and regular appointments with Danny Moss and Ronnie Rose, as well as performances with Stephen Grappelli, with Alexis ·Kona’s time and regular tour with Great Guitars Package and Canadian pianist Oliver Jones since 1984, and a six-month performance of “Bubbling Brown Sugar” in the Netherlands.

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