Mick Pyne...
the bandsthe musicianshome pagethe clubsthe recordstime linegallerydiscographiesodds + endslinks
Mick Pyne...
Pianist Mick Pyne was born in Thornton Dale, Yorkshire in September, 1940. He was the younger brother of trombone player Chris Pyne and began playing piano in early childhood. In his early teens he took up the cornet, an instrument he came back to later in his professional career. He was a talented multi-instrumentalist and in the early 1960s played tenor sax with Ray Warleigh and in Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated.
He first came to London in 1962 playing solo piano at the Downbeat Club before joining the Tony Kinsey Quintet in May of that year but soon returned to Yorkshire for eight months of intensive piano practice. In 1963 he again came to London with John Stevens Septet and then toured Europe with Stan Getz, Hank Mobley Lee Konitz and others. He then began to work with Tubby Hayes and by the end of 1966 was Hayes' regular pianist. He made a number of superb records with Hayes' Quartet and the record made in early 1967 - Mexican Green is among Tubby Hayes' finest achievements and Pyne's playing is one of the contributing factors to its success.
Mike Pyne c1977 From the late 1960s Pyne sometimes led his own bands, usually a trio comprising his Hayes band colleagues bassist Ron Mathewson and drummer Spike Wells, but also a quartet featuring Ray Warleigh and an intriguing octet which brought together a truly all-star line up including John Surman and Kenny Wheeler. With these line-ups, Pyne concentrated on his own compositions.
He also played in Phil Seamen's Quartet in 1966, Ronnie Scott's Sextet in 1970 and Scott's Quintet in 1978. From late 1972 until mid 1985 he was with Humphrey Lyttelton's Band where his versatility enabled him to play revivalist and mainstream jazz. He was also a master of "stride" piano. Through the 1980s and '90s he freelanced extensively and played dates in the USA as well as the UK.
He died unexpectedly from an internal haemorrhage in May, 1995.
Tubby Hayes Quartet - March 28th, 1966 (Live at the Dancing Slipper)
Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Mike Pyne (p), Danny Thompson (b), Tony Levin (d).
Alone Together*/Here's That Rainy Day*/What Is This Thing Called Love*/Be Myself*/Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most*/A Taste Of Honey*/So What#.
(*Harkit 2CD set - Tubby Hayes Quartet Live at The Dancing Slipper)
(#Acrobat 3CD set - Tubby Hayes - Without A Song (Rare Live recordings 1954-73)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - June 23rd, 1966 (Marshmallow MMEX-149)
Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Mike Pyne (p), Bruce Cale (b), Tony Levin (d).
Change Of Setting*/Lament*/A Taste Of Honey*/Make Someone Happy*.
(*Marshmallow CD - Tubby Hayes - The Shadow Of your Smile)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - August 9th, 1966 (Ronnie Scott's)
Tubby Hayes (ts), Mick Pyne (p), Bruce Cale (b), Phil Seamen (d).
Night And Day*.
(*Candid CD - Night and Day)

Tubby Hayes with the Les Condon Quartet - November 18th, 1966 (Jazz tete a tete - "77" LEU12/21)
Les Condon (tp), Tubby Hayes (ts), Mick Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Tony Levin (d).
Freedom Monday*/When My Baby Gets Mad-Everybody Split*. (other titles on this LP and CD by others).
(*Harkit CD - Jazz Tete a Tete)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - December 4th, 1966 (The Little Theatre, Rochester)
Tubby Hayes (fl), Mike Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Tony Levin (d).
Sing Me Softly Of The Blues*.
(*Acrobat 3CD set - Tubby Hayes - Without A Song (Rare Live recordings 1954-73)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - Unknown date in 1966 (Live recording)
Tubby Hayes (saxes), Mick Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Tony Levin (d).
Walkin'*/Alone Together*/Off The Wagon*/When My Baby Gets Mad Watch Out*/What Is This Thing Called Love*.
(*Rare Music 2CD set - Addictive Tendencies)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - c1967
Tubby Hayes (ts), Mike Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Tony Levin (d).
Dear Johnny B*.
(*Acrobat 3CD set - Tubby Hayes - Without A Song (Rare Live recordings 1954-73)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - January 23rd, 1967
Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Mick Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Tony Levin (d).
Dear Johnny B*/Mexican Green*/Dolphin Dance*/A Dedication To Joy*.
(*Miles Music CD - For Members Only)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - February 2nd and March 3rd, 1967 (Fontana FJL911)
Tubby Hayes (ts,fl-1), Mick Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Tony Levin (d).
Dear Johnny B*/Off The Wagon*/Trenton Place-1*/The Second City Steamer*/Blues In Orbit*/A Dedication To Joy*/Mexican Green*.
(*Impressed Repressed CD - Mexican Green)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - April 2nd, 1967 (Lament - Savage Solweig SS001)
Tubby Hayes (ts,vib), Mike Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Tony Levin (d).
Lament*/What Is this Thing Called Love*/Nancy With The Laughing Face*/Mexican Green*.
(*Savage Solweig CD - Lament)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - August 7th, 1967 (BBC broadcast)
Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Mick Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Tony Levin (d).
You Know I Care*/For Members Only*.
(*Miles Music CD - For Members Only)

October 11th, 1967 (BBC broadcast)
Personnel as August 7th.
Finky Minky*/Change Of Setting*/Conversations At Dawn*/Nobody Else But Me*/Off The Wagon/Second City Steamer*/This Is All I Ask*.
(*Miles Music CD - For Members Only)

Trailways Express - October 1st, 1968 (Trailways express - Polydor 2460142)
Les Condon (tp), Chris Pyne (tb), Peter King (as), Harold McNair (ts,f), Mick Pyne (p), John Hart (b), Philly Joe Jones (d).
Trailways Express*.
(*Black Lion CD - Mo' Joe)

Trailways Express - October 31st, 1968 (Trailways express - Polydor 2460142, Black Lion 157000)
Kenny Wheeler (tp,fhrn), Chris Pyne (tb), Peter King (as), Harold McNair (ts,f), Mick Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Philly Joe Jones (d).
Mo' Joe*/Gone, Gone, Gone*/Baubles Bangles And Beads*/Here's That Rainy Day*/Ladybird*.
(*Black Lion CD - Mo' Joe)

Tubby Hayes and his Orchestra - July 25th, 1969 (BBC broadcast)
Greg Bowen, Ian Hamer, Les Condon, Kenny Wheeler (tp), David Horler, Bill Geldard, Chris Pyne (tb), Peter King, Alan Branscombe (as), Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott (ts), Harry Klein (bs), Mick Pyne (p), Louis Stewart (g), Ron Mathewson (b), Spike Wells (d).
The Inner Splurge*.
Jeff Clyne (b), Tony Levin (d) added, rest the same.
200 Percent Proof*.
(*Master Mix CD - 200% Proof)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - August 6th, 1969
Tubby Hayes (ts,), Mick Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Spike Wells (d).
Where Am I Going*/Mainly For The Don*/Grits, Beans And Greens*.
(*Harlequin CD - Live1969)

Tubby Hayes Big Band - BBC broadcast live from Ronnie Scott's, London August 24th, 1969 (IAJRC50)
Ian Hamer, Kenny Wheeler, Greg Bowen, Hank Shaw (tp), Keith Christie, David Horler, Bill Geldard (tb), Peter King (as), Tubby Hayes, Brian Smith, Alan Skidmore (ts), Harry Klein (bs), Mick Pyne (p), Louis Stewart (g), Ron Mathewson (b), Spike Wells (d).
A Song For A Sad Lady*/You Know I Care*.
(*IAJRC CD -Tubby Hayes: England's Late Jazz Great)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - December 23rd, 1969
Tubby Hayes (ts), Mick Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Spike Wells (d).
Intro by Tommy Whittle*/Off The Wagon*/For Heavens Sake*/Vierd Blues*/Walkin'*.
(*Harlequin CD - Live1969)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - cJanuary, 1970 (Poss 80 Sinclair Road, West Kensington, London)
Tubby Hayes (ts), Mike Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Spike Wells (d).
Off The Wagon*.
(*Acrobat 3CD set - Tubby Hayes - Without A Song (Rare Live recordings 1954-73)

Tubby Hayes and the Tony Kinsey Trio - BBC broadcast April 16th, 1972 (IAJRC50)
Tubby Hayes (ts), Mick Pyne (p), Lennie Bush (b), Tony Kinsey (d).
I Thought About You*.
(*IAJRC CD -Tubby Hayes: England's Late Jazz Great)

The recording detailed below was made at the Hopbine Jazz Club in North London. It was not released commercially until December, 2013 when Gearbox Records released a limited edition vinyl record*...
Tubby Hayes Quartet - May 2nd, 1972
Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Mick Pyne (p), Daryl Runswick (b), Tony Oxley (d).
Someday My Prince Will Come*/Seven Steps To Heaven*/Alone Together*/I Thought About You#.
(#Acrobat 3CD set - Tubby Hayes - Without A Song (Rare Live recordings 1954-73)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - March 8th, 1973 (Top Alex, Southend-On-Sea, Essex)
Tubby Hayes (ts), Mike Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Spike Wells (d).
Without A Song*#/Poinciana*/Trenton Place*/Seven Steps To Heaven*/Invitation*.
(#Acrobat 3CD set - Tubby Hayes - Without A Song (Rare Live recordings 1954-73)
(*Acrobat CD - Tubby Hayes Quartet - Live at The Top Alex)

In the period between November, 1973 and November, 1985 Mick Pyne made many records with the Humphrey Lyttelton band, some of them more traditional jazz than others. Those listed below are more mainstream...

Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band - November 5th, 1973 (South Bank swing session - Black Lion BLP3460233)
Humphrey Lyttelton (tp,cl), Bruce Turner (as,cl), Kathy Stobart (ts), Mick Pyne (p), Dave Green (b), Tony Mann (d).
Let's Get In*/Late Night Final*/PTQ Rag/Dadbo*/The Comet*/Blues At Dawn*/Let's Get Out*.
(*D A Music CD - Let's Get In)

Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band - July 3rd, 1974 (Kansas City woman - Black Lion BLP30163)
Humphrey Lyttelton (tp,cl), Bruce Turner (as,cl), Buddy Tate (ts,cl) Kathy Stobart (bs,cl), Mick Pyne (p), Dave Green (b), Tony Mann (d).
Kansas City Woman*/The One For Me*/Pamela*/Candyville*/Outswinger*/Steevos*/Clarinet Lemonade*/Swinging Scorpio*.
(*D A Music CD - Buddy Tate session with Lyttelton (part))

Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band - June 23rd, 1975 (Take it from the top - Black Lion BLP12134)
Humphrey Lyttelton (tp), Kathy Stobart (ts,bs,sop), Bruce Turner (as,cl), Mick Pyne (p), Dave Green (b), Tony Mann (d), Elkie Brooks (vcl).
Take It From The Top/Madly/Big O'l Tears/Sprauncy/Lion Rampant/Very First Kiss (vcl)*/Oh Babe Maybe Someday (vcl)*/We Fell Out Of Love*/Rain/Don't Get Around Much Anymore(vcl)*/I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (vcl).
(*D A Music CD - Let's Get In)

Kathy Stobart & Joe Temperley Quintet - March 8th, 1976 (Saxploitation - Spotlite SPJ503)
Kathy Stobart (ts,sop,bs), Joe Temperley (bs,ts), Mick Pyne (p), Dave Olney (b), Tony Mann (d).
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise*/My Funny Valentine*/Tickletoe*/Drop Me Off At Harlem*/In A Sentimental Mood*/Blues In The Closet*/Crazy He Calls Me*/Cottontail*.
(*Spotlite CD - Saxploitation)

Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band - May 13th, 1976 (Hazy crazy and blue - Black Lion BLP12160)
Humphrey Lyttelton (tp,cl), Kathy Stobart (ts,bs,sop), Bruce Turner (as,cl), Mick Pyne (p), Dave Green (b), Tony Mann (d).
Mo Pas Lemme Ca*/Triple Exposure (Hazy/Crazy/Blue)/Ory's Story*/Vive Le Roy/Blues In Bolero*/You're Lucky To Me/Mezzrow.
(*D A Music CD - Blues in Bolero (part of CD))

Mick Pyne - June 14th and 15th, 1977 (Alone together - Spotlite SPJ506)
Mick Pyne (p,cnt-1).
You Go To My Head*/Sweet Lorraine*/Jeepers Creepers*/Gone With The Wind*/I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby*/Willow Weep For Me*/Deep Purple*/Why Was I Born*/Once In A While*/Isn't It Romantic*/A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square (1)*/All The Things You Are*/Trouble In Mind (1)*/Come Back Sweet Papa (1)*.
(*Spotlite CD - Alone Together)

Jon Eardley / Mick Pyne - September 12th, 1977 (Two of a kind - Spotlite SPJP16)
Jon Eardley (fhrn), Mick Pyne (p).
Crazy Rhythm/Basin Street Blues/Emily/My Funny Valentine/You Don't Know What Love Is/My Old Flame/You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To/A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square.

Mick Pyne Trio - 1977 (Live at Ronnie Scott's - Spotlite)
Mick Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Spike Wells (d).
Everything Happens To Me*/My Romance*/For Heavens Sake*/My Funny Valentine*/Stella By Starlight*/When Sunny Gets Blue*/Oop bop Sh'bam*/Blues In The Closet*.
(*Spotlite CD - "Live" at Ronnie Scott's)

The M & B Jam Session - Live at "Cannon Hill Park", Birmingham, August 12th, 1984 (Vol 1 - Big Bear26)
Combined personnel: Humphrey Lyttelton, Digby Fairweather (tp), Roy Williams, Roy Crimmins (tb), Dave Shepherd, Randy Colville (cl), Bruce Turner (as), Dick Morrissey (ts), Mick Pyne (p), Jim Douglas (g), Harvey Weston (b), Johnny Richardson (d).
Frankie And Johnny/Crazy Rhythm/The Hucklebuck/Honeysuckle Rose/Blues My Naughtie Sweetie Gives To Me (DM out)/On The Alamo (DM out)/Jumpin' At The Woodside.

Tommy Whittle / Alan Barnes Quintet - November 20th, 1985 (Miles Music MM001 - Straight Eight)
Tommy Whittle (ts), Alan Barnes (as,cl), Mick Pyne (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Alan Jackson (d).
Straight Eight/Con Alma/Joking/Peppercorn/Note 8.7/Goodbye/That's All/Early/Stablemates.

Mick Pyne Quartet - July 23rd, 1987 (A little blue - Miles Music MM073)
Don Weller (ts), Mick Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Mark Taylor (d).
Another Nice Mess/Spaces In Time/Di's Waltz/Red Zinger/A Little Blue/Nothing Less Than Love.

Mick Pyne - May and July, 1988 (The artistry of Mick Pyne Vols 1& 2 - Soliloquy SOL001)
Mick Pyne (p).
All The Things You Are/Embraceable You/Someday My Prince Will Come/You Must Believe In Spring/Body And Soul/Here's That Rainy Day/Turn Out the Stars/My Funny Valentine/Maybe September/Waltz for Debby/Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas/Blue Moon/Over The Rainbow/Naima/Alice In Wonderland/Young And Foolish/In Your Own Sweet Way/Star Eyes/On The Sunny Side Of the Street/Skylark/Westminster Waltz/My Ship/Softly As In A Morning Sunrise/Mighty Like A Rose.

Bob Wilber - October 10th, 1994 (Bean: Bob Wilber's tribute to Coleman Hawkins - Arbors Jazz ARCD19144)
Bob Wilber, Harry Allen, Antti Sarpila, Tommy Whittle (ts), Mick Pyne (p), Dave Cliff (g), Dave Green (b), Clark Tracey (d).
(17 titles associated with Coleman Hawkins).
(Arbors Jazz CD - Bean: Bob Wilber's tribute to Coleman Hawkins)


This page was last updated during November, 2016.
Any comments welcomed, please click on email below...