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Philip "Phil" Francis Bates (born 19 June 1931) is an English jazz double bassist.
Bates was born in Brixton, London. After playing regular gigs at London’s 51 Club with Harry Klein and Vic Ash throughout 1956, he joined The Jazz Couriers with Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. After the Couriers disbanded, Bates toured with Sarah Vaughan and played with the Lennie Metcalfe Band on the Cunard liner the RMS Mauretania.
In the early 1960s he worked with Johnny Dankworth and Ronnie Ross, among others, before joining Dick Morrissey's Quartet from October 1962 until 1968. During that period he also played with the Harry South Big Band, as did the other members of the quartet, and with the Tony Kinsey Quintet. In 1968 he played briefly again with Tubby Hayes.
From 1968 on, he worked as a session musician, accompanying visiting US artists such as Sonny Stitt, Jimmy Witherspoon, Judy Collins and Tom Paxton, before spending five years touring Europe with Stéphane Grappelli in the late 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, he led his own trio and gave tuition.
James Deuchar was a jazz trumpeter and big band arranger, born in Dundee, Scotland. He found fame as a performer and arranger in the 1950s and 1960s. Deuchar was taught trumpet by John Lynch, who learned bugle as a boy soldier in the First World War and who later was Director of Brass Music for Dundee.
Ronnie Scott OBE was a British jazz tenor saxophonist and jazz club owner. He co-founded Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, one of the world's most popular jazz clubs, in 1959.
Edward Brian "Tubby" Hayes was an English jazz multi-instrumentalist, best known for his tenor saxophone playing in groups with fellow sax player Ronnie Scott and with trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar.
Richard Edwin Morrissey was a British jazz musician and composer. He played the tenor sax, soprano sax and flute.
Jeffrey Ovid Clyne was a British jazz bassist.
Tony Levin was an English jazz drummer.
Ronnie Stephenson was an English jazz drummer. He was one of the most in-demand drummers on the British jazz scene in the 1960s.
Philip William Seamen was an English jazz drummer.
Martin Drew was an English jazz drummer who played with Ronnie Scott between 1975 and 1995 and with Oscar Peterson between 1974 and 2007.
Ron Mathewson was a British jazz double bassist and bass guitarist. During his career, Mathewson performed with Ronnie Scott, but also recorded with Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Joan Armatrading, Ben Webster, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans.
Harry Percy South was an English jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, who moved into work for film and television.
The Jazz Couriers were a British jazz quintet formed in April 1957 and which disbanded in August 1959.
Bill Eyden was an English jazz drummer.
Alan Branscombe was an English jazz pianist, vibraphonist, and alto saxophonist.
Keith Ronald Christie was an English jazz trombonist. He was the brother of Ian Christie.
Ian Wilfred Hamer was a British jazz trumpeter.
Peter "Pete" Stephen George King was a British jazz tenor saxophonist. He was the manager of London's Ronnie Scott's jazz club for almost fifty years.
Spike Heatley is a British jazz double bassist.
Simon Richard Spillett is a multi-award winning English jazz tenor saxophonist. He has won the BBC Jazz Awards Rising Star (2007), Jazz Journal's Critics' Choice album of the Year (2009), the British Jazz Awards Top Tenor Saxophonist (2011), the Services to British Jazz award (2016).
Michael "Spike" Wells is an English jazz drummer and priest.