Ed Gray Art




A Man in a Hurry




Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry

Giclée Print on Paper, 51 x 37 cm Edition of 95 plus 1 artist's proofs



I was asked to make a painting about London Jazz legend Tubby Hayes (1935-1973) for Mark Baxter and Lee Cogswell’s documentary ‘Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry ’. Tubby filled his short life with music and played with the great names of the British and American jazz scenes. My painting began as a pop art collage then became a straightforward portrait. None of it was getting the energy of the man and his music. After a trip to Ronnie’s to see Tubby’s music interpreted by the great Simon Spillett and his quartet; John Critchinson, Alec Dankworth and Clark Tracey, I was finally able to create a narrative scene imagining Tubby playing full pelt in a 60’s Soho dive bar. The names of the beautiful songs he wrote and played are carved on the posts that struggle to hold the roof up.


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