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Harry South
Harry South


Harry South, born in London in 1929, was an accomplished pianist as well as being one of the giants of British jazz composition. He came to prominence in the mid 1950s and was called on by leaders such as Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott to write and play for their various groups. His first regular writing and playing was with the underrated Basil Kirchin band in the early 1950s. He then joined Tony Crombie's band as arranger and pianist. He played piano on all Tubby Hayes' recordings from 1956 to 1957 and Hayes used many of his compositions for his quintet in this period. Tubby Hayes, speaking in 1957 when he (Hayes) had started to write, said of Harry South: "Sure, you can learn a lot listening to other people on records.... but Harry taught me more than I ever got from records". In 1957 he joined trumpeter Dizzy Reece and from 1958 to 1960 joined forces with the ill starred but highly original Joe Harriott. He spent a year in India with tenor player Dick Morrissey and, when they returned to the UK, a further four years in the Dick Morrissey Quartet.
He was at home in a wide range of music, he composed for Humphrey Lyttelton's mainstream and big band, he also wrote for Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Witherspoon and had a spell as musical director to Annie Ross. He worked with Georgie Fame as musical director when Fame's group accompanied Count Basie on a tour of Britain and Holland. His later success in writing for films, theatre and TV took him away from jazz for long periods. He died in London in March 1990.
Kenny Graham another top composer and jazz musician said: "Harry never wrote for effect ...he composed with great taste ...if he was there when you played a jazz session, you could relax and know that everything would be all right. He had a huge musical presence, and yet he was very quiet and retiring, almost studious in his appearance..."
The Kirchin Band - September, 1954 (Mercury - unissued)
Tony Grant, Stan Palmer, Trevor Lanigan, Norman Baron (tp), Ronnie Baker (as), Johnny Marshall, John Xerri, (ts), Lennie Dawes (bs), Harry South (p,arr), Ronnie Seabrook (b), Basil Kirchin (d), Ivor Kirchin (dir).
Zambezi/H Bomb.

Tony Crombie And His Orchestra - October 30th, 1954 (Decca) (JMC9)
Dizzy Reece, Les Condon (tp), Joe Temperley, Sammy Walker (ts), Lennie Dawes (bs), Harry South (p), Ashley Kozak (b), Tony Crombie (d).
Good Bait*/Ahmed*#/Compos Mentis*/Down Under*.
(*Jasmine CD - Modern Jazz At The Festival Hall - 1954)
(#Acrobat 5-CD set - Dizzy Reece: The Complete Recordings 1954-62)

Tony Crombie And His Orchestra - November 18th, 1954 (Decca DFE6247)
Dizzy Reece, Les Condon (tp), Joe Temperley, Sammy Walker (ts), Lennie Dawes (bs), Harry South (p), Ashley Kozak (b), Tony Crombie (d).
Perdido*/Stop It*/Love You Madly (vcl Annie Ross)*/All Of Me (vcl Boby Breen)*.
(*Real Gone Jazz CD - Tony Crombie: Seven Classic Albums plus bonus EP)

Tubby Hayes & His Orchestra - March 10th, 1955 (Tempo EXA14)
Tubby Hayes (ts), Jimmy Deuchar, Dickie Hawdon (tp), Mike Senn (as,bs), Jackie Sharpe (ts,bs), Harry South (p), Pete Blannin (b), Lennie Breslaw (d).
Jordu*"/Orient Line*/May Ray*"/Monsoon*.
("Jasmine CD - Tubby Hayes - Blue Hayes, The Tempo Anthology)
(*Jasmine CD - Tubby Hayes - The Swinging Giant Volume One)
(*Proper Records 4CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Little Giant)

(*Acrobat 6CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59)
(*Real Gone Jazz 4CD set - Tubby Hayes Vol.2 - Five Classic Albums plus bonus eps and tracks)

Tubby Hayes & His Orchestra - April 29th, 1955 (Tempo - (1)EXA17)
Tubby Hayes (ts), Dave Usden, Dickie Hawdon (tp), Mike Senn (as,bs), Jackie Sharpe (ts,bs), Harry South (p), Pete Blannin (b), Lennie Breslaw (d).
Sophisticated Lady(1)*"/I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart(1)*/Deuces Wild*.
("Jasmine CD - Tubby Hayes - Blue Hayes, The Tempo Anthology)
(*Jasmine CD - Tubby Hayes - The Swinging Giant Volume One)
(*Proper Records 4CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Little Giant)

(*Acrobat 6CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59)
(*Real Gone Jazz 4CD set - Tubby Hayes Vol.2 - Five Classic Albums plus bonus eps and tracks)

Dizzy Reece Quintet - July 14th, 1955 (Tempo)
Dizzy Reece (tp), Tubby Hayes (ts), Harry South (p), Pete Blannin (b), Bill Eyden (d).
Now's The Time*/Please Call*.
(*Jasmine CD - A New Star - Dizzy Reece)
(*Proper Records 4CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Little Giant)

(*Acrobat 6CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59)
(*Acrobat 5-CD set - Dizzy Reece: The Complete Recordings 1954-62)

Tubby Hayes & His Orchestra - July 14th, 1955 (Tempo EXA17)
Tubby Hayes (ts), Dave Usden, Dickie Hawdon (tp), Mike Senn (as,bs), Jackie Sharpe (ts,bs), Harry South (p), Pete Blannin (b), Bill Eyden (d).
Fidelius*/Tootsie Roll*.
(*Jasmine CD - Tubby Hayes - The Swinging Giant Volume One)
(*Proper Records 4CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Little Giant)

(*Acrobat 6CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59)
(*Real Gone Jazz 4CD set - Tubby Hayes Vol.2 - Five Classic Albums plus bonus eps and tracks)

Tubby Hayes Quartet - July 29th, 1955 (Tempo - (1)EXA27 - (2)EXA28 - (3)TAP10) (JMC11/32)
Tubby Hayes (ts), Harry South (p), Pete Blannin (b), Bill Eyden (d).
Evil Eyes(1)*/Dance Of The Aerophragytes(1)*/Imagination(1)(3)*/Straight Life(1)*/Peace Pipe(2)"*/There'll Never Be Another You(2)*/Opus De Funk(2)"*#/There's No You(2)"*.
("Jasmine CD - Tubby Hayes - Blue Hayes, The Tempo Anthology)
(*Jasmine CD - Tubby Hayes - The Swinging Giant Volume One)
(*Proper Records 4CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Little Giant)

(*Acrobat 6CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59)
(*Real Gone Jazz 4CD set - Tubby Hayes Vol.2 - Five Classic Albums plus bonus eps and tracks)
(#Acrobat CD - The Very Best of Tubby Hayes)

Tubby Hayes And His Orchestra - January 4th, 1956 (BBC)
Ian Hamer, Dickie Hawdon (tp), Mike Senn (cl,as,bs) Tubby Hayes (ts), Jack Sharpe (bs), Harry South (p), Pete Blannin (b), Bill Eyden (d).
He's A Tramp*/Sophisticated Lady*/The Yellow Rose Of Texas* (TH with p,b,d only)/Almost Like Being In Love*/Ain't It The Truth*.
(*Proper Records 4CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Little Giant)

Tubby Hayes And His Orchestra - February 18th, 1956 (Tempo - (1)TAP2 - (2)EXA36)
Tubby Hayes (ts), Mike Senn (as), Jackie Sharpe (bs), Ian Hamer, Dickie Hawdon (tp), Harry South (p), Pete Blannin (b), Bill Eyden (d).
Orient Line(1)*^/Plymouth Rock(1)(2)*/Room 608(1)*"/Sophisticated Lady(1)*/I'll Remember April(2)*/Doggin' Around(2)*/Mambo Tittoro(1)(2)*.
("Jasmine CD - Tubby Hayes - Blue Hayes, The Tempo Anthology)
(*Jasmine CD - British Modern Jazz Scene - 1956)
(*Proper Records 4CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Little Giant)

(*Acrobat 6CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59)
(^Giant Steps 2CD set - Soho After Dark 'London's '50s Modern Jazz Scene')
(*Real Gone Jazz 4CD set - Tubby Hayes Vol.2 - Five Classic Albums plus bonus eps and tracks)

Tubby Hayes Quintet - July 17th, 1956 (Tempo - (1)TAP6 - (2)EXA55 - (3)TAP10 - (4)TAP21)
Tubby Hayes (ts), Dickie Hawdon (tp), Harry South (p), Pete Elderfield (b), Bill Eyden (d).
Ode To Ernie(1)(2)*/No I Woodyn't(1)(2)*"/Foolin' Myself(1)(3)*/Message To The Messengers(1)(4)*"#/Nicole*/Hall Hears The Blues*.
("Jasmine CD - Tubby Hayes - Blue Hayes, The Tempo Anthology)
(*Jasmine CD - Tubby Hayes - The Swinging Giant Volume Two)
(*Proper Records 4CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Little Giant)

(*Acrobat 6CD Box set - Tubby Hayes - The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955-59)
(*Real Gone Jazz 4CD set - Tubby Hayes Vol.2 - Five Classic Albums plus bonus eps and tracks)
(#Giant Steps 2CD set - Soho After Dark 'London's '50s Modern Jazz Scene')
(#Acrobat CD - The Very Best of Tubby Hayes)

Jimmy Deuchar Sextet - March 4th, 1958 (Tempo TAP20)
Jimmy Deuchar (tp), Ken Wray (v-tb), Derek Humble (as), Harry South (p), Kenny Napper (b), Phil Seamen (d).
Heather Mist*/Jak-Jak*/Pal Jimmy*/Split Second*.
(*Jasmine CD - Pal Jimmy!)
(*Acrobat CD - Jimmy Deuchar, The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955 - 58)
(*Real Gone Jazz 4CD set - Jimmy Deuchar - Three Classic Albums, EPs and bonus tracks)

Jimmy Deuchar Quintet - March 7th, 1958 (Tempo TAP20)
Jimmy Deuchar (tp), Tubby Hayes (ts,bs), Harry South (p), Kenny Napper (b), Phil Seamen (d).
My Funny Valentine*/I Did'nt Know What Time It Was*/Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered*/I Could Write A Book*.
(*Jasmine CD - Pal Jimmy!)
(*Acrobat CD - Jimmy Deuchar, The Complete Tempo Recordings 1955 - 58)
(*Real Gone Jazz 4CD set - Jimmy Deuchar - Three Classic Albums, EPs and bonus tracks)

Joe Harriott Quintet - May 5th, 1959 (Columbia SEG7939) (JM1259)
Joe Harriott (as), Hank Shaw (tp), Harry South (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d).
Senor Blues*/Still Goofin'*/Count Twelve*/Jumpin' With Joe*.
(*Proper Box 4CD set - The Joe Harriott Story)
(*Fresh Sound 2CD set - Joe Harriott - Southern Horizons + Free Form + Abstract)
(*Real Gone Jazz 2CD set - Joe Harriott - Three Classic Albums)

The Vic Ash Quintet - November 18th, 1959 (BBC Transcription)
Vic Ash (ts,cl), Ian Hamer (tp), Harry South (p), Spike Heatley (b), Dave Pearson (d).
It Could Happen To You*/Doxy*/Cobwebs*/Phone Bill*.
(*Acrobat CD - Vic Ash The Quintet & Jazz Five - Studio and Live Recordings 1959 - 1961)
(*Vocalion CD - BBC Rare transcription recordings (1959) Volume One)

Joe Harriott Quintet - April 8th*, 21st, 1960 (Columbia (1)SEG8070)
Joe Harriott (as), Shake Keane (tp), Harry South (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Bobby Orr (d), Frank Holder (bgo).
Caravan(1)*/Liggin'(1)*+/Southern Horizons*/You Go To My Head*/Tuesday Morning Swing*.
(*Proper Box 4CD set - The Joe Harriott Story)
(*Fresh Sound 2CD set - Joe Harriott - Southern Horizons + Free Form + Abstract)
(+Acrobat CD - British Modern Jazz Singles, EP tracks & Rarities 1960 - 62)
(*Real Gone Jazz 2CD set - Joe Harriott - Three Classic Albums)

Harry South Orchestra - BBC broadcast November 10th, 1960
Jimmy Deuchar, Derrick Abbott, Ian Hamer, Bert Courtley (tp), Keith Christie, Lad Busby, Ken Wray, Ray Premru (tb), Alan Branscombe, Joe Harriott (as), Ronnie Scott (ts), Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Ronnie Ross (bs),Terry Shannon (p) Harry South (p,dir), Phil Bates (b), Jackie Dougan (d).
Sophisticated Lady*/The Goblin*.
(*IAJRC CD -Tubby Hayes, England's Late Jazz Great)

Dick Morrissey Quartet - July/August, 1963 (Have you heard - 77LEU12/8) (JMC35)
Dick Morrissey (ts), Harry South (p), Phil Bates (b), Jackie Dougan (d).
Down Home*/Skatin'*/The Goblin*/The Celt*Serenata*/On The Spot*/There And Back*/Journey Home*.
(*Acrobat CD - On the spot, the complete recordings 1961 - 63)

Dick Morrissey Quartet - January 27th, 1964 (Live at Ronnie Scott's)
Dick Morrissey (ts), Harry South (p), Phil Bates (b), Jackie Dougan (d).
There And Back*/Stars Fell On Alabama*/D.M.Blues*/Spirit-feel*.
(*Jazz House CD - There and back - Live At Ronnie Scott's)

August 20th, 1965 (Live at Ronnie Scott's)
Personnel as January 27th, 1964 except Phil Seamen (d) replaces Jackie Dougan.
Dick's Theme*.
(*Jazz House CD - There and back - Live At Ronnie Scott's)

Sonny Stitt - May, 1964 (Ronnie Scott's Jazz house JACD002)
Sonny Stitt, Dick Morrissey (ts), Harry South (p), Phil Bates (b),Bill Eyden (d).
Blues With Dick And Harry.

Dick Morrissey Quartet - November 22nd and 29th, 1965 (Storm warning - Mercury 20077MCL)
Dick Morrissey (ts), Harry South (p), Phil Bates (b), Phil Seamen (d).
Storm Warning*/What Is There To Say*/Come Rain Or Come Shine*/Wind Of Change*/Get Out Of Town*/March On*.
(*Vocalion 2CD - Here and now and sounding good / Storm warning)

Over three sessions in 1965 and 1966 The Harry South Big Band recorded an LP with Georgie Fame and a star studded big band...
Harry South Big Band - Three sessions 1965 and 1966 (Sound Venture - Columbia SX6076)
Collective personnel: Ian Hamer, Greg Bowen, Jimmy Deuchar, Les Condon, Tony Fisher, Bert Courtley (tp), Kenny Wheeler (tp,ten-hrn), Keith Christie, Johnny Marshall, Chris Smith, Ken Goldie, Gib Wallace (tb), Roy Willox, Alan Branscombe (as), Tony Coe (as,f), Ray Warleigh (as,ts), Ronnie Scott, Dick Morrissey (ts), Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Jackie Sharpe (bs,ts,as,fl), Harry Klein (bs), Gordon Beck, Stan Tracey (p), Colin Green (g), Phil Bates (b), Phil Seamen, Bill Eyden (d), Georgie Fame, Harry South (ldr).
Many Happy Returns/Down for The Count/It's For Love the Petals Fall/I Am Missing You/Funny How Time Slips Away/Li'l Pony/Lovey Dovey/Little Darlin'/Three Blind Mice/Dawn Yawn/Feed Me/Papa's Got A Brand New Bag.

Harry South Big Band - January 25th, 1966 (Presenting the Harry South Big Band - Mercury 20081MCL)
Ian Hamer, Hank Shaw, Les Condon, Albert Hall (tp), Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Rik Kennedy, Chris Smith, Keith Christie, Bill Geldard (tb), Roy Willox, Alan Branscombe (as,fl), Ronnie Scott, Dick Morrissey (ts), Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Pete King (bs), Gordon Beck (p), Phil Bates (b), Phil Seamen (d), HarrySouth (ldr).
Costa Fortuna/Last Orders/Afterthought/Alone Together.

Harry South Big Band - January 26th, 1966 (Presenting the Harry South Big Band - Mercury 20081MCL)
Ian Hamer, Hank Shaw, Les Condon, Greg Bowen (tp), Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Johnny Marshall, Chris Smith, Keith Christie, Gibb Wallace (tb), Roy Willox, Alan Branscombe (as,fl), Ronnie Scott, Dick Morrissey (ts), Bob Efford (ts,fl), Harry Klein (bs), Gordon Beck (p), Phil Bates (b), Phil Seamen (d), HarrySouth (ldr).
Six To One Bar/Lush Life/There And Back/North Of The Soho Border.

A record titled "Retrospect through 21 years of BBC Jazz Club" was released by Philips and include two tracks by Harry South, three by Billy Munn, two by Johnny Dankworth Seven and three by Alex Welsh with Humphrey Lyttelton...
Harry South Big Band - c1966/7 (Retrospect through 21 years of BBC Jazz Club - Philips SBL7869)
Greg Bowen, Derek Watkins, Tony Fisher, Hank Shaw (tp), Keith Christie, Brian Perrin, Clarrie Baines, Cliff Hardie (tb), Alan Branscombe, Tony Coe, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Dick Morrissey, Harry Klein (reeds), Gordon Beck (p), Phil Bates (b), Bill Eyden (d), Harry South (ldr).
Newtyme Waltz/Storm Warning.

The record detailed below was recorded live at the Bull's Head, Barnes, England...
Jimmy Witherspoon with the Dick Morrissey Quartet - May 23rd, 1966 (Spoon sings'n swings - Fontana TL5382)
Jimmy Witherspoon (vcl), Dick Morrissey (ts), Harry South (p), Phil Bates (b), Phil Seamen (d).
I Gotta Girl/Trouble In Mind/Nobody Knows How I Feel This Morning/New Down Home Blues/Kansas City/Compact Car/Piney Brown's Blues/Big Fine Girl/Send Me Someone To Love/Lotus Blossom/St. Louis Blues.

Dick Morrissey Quartet - September 23rd and 25th, 1966 (Here and now and sounding good - Mercury 20093MCL)
Dick Morrissey (ts), Harry South (p), Phil Bates (b), Bill Eyden (d).
Off The Wagon*/Corpus*/Don't Fall Over The Bridge*/Sunday Lunch*/Little Miss Sadly*/El Schtuck*.
(*Vocalion 2CD - Here and now and sounding good / Storm warning)

Ian Hamer Sextet - Believed to have been recorded 1966
Ian Hamer (tp,fl-horn), Keith Christie (tb), Dick Morrissey (ts), Harry South (p), Kenny Napper (b), Bill Eyden (d).
What's Her Name?*/Cambridge Crescent*/Tobago*/Corpus*/Chow Mien*.
(*Jasmine CD - The Ian Hamer Sextet - Acropolis)

Ian Hamer Sextet - Believed to have been recorded 1967 - 1969
Ian Hamer (tp,fl-horn), Keith Christie (tb), Tubby Hayes (ts), probably Harry South (p), probably Kenny Napper (b), probably Bill Eyden (d).
Freakin' Out*/Conversations At Dawn*/Corpus*/Cambridge Crescent*/Tobago*.
(*Jasmine CD - The Ian Hamer Sextet - Acropolis)

The three titles below were recorded live at the "Royal Festival Hall", London and form part of an album that includes other titles by the Georgie Fame Band and Quintet with Peter King and Gordon Beck...
Harry South Big Band - March 18th, 1967 (The two faces of Fame - CBS63018)
Greg Bowen, Derek Watkins, Ian Hamer, Les Condon, Kenny Wheeler (tp), Keith Christie, Johnny Marshall, Chris Smith, Gib Wallace (tb), Alan Branscombe (as), Tony Coe (as,f), Ronnie Scott, Dick Morrissey (ts), Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Harry Klein (bs), Gordon Beck (p), Phil Bates (b), Bill Eyden (d), Georgie Fame (vcl,org,g).
Bluesology/Don't Try/Keep Your Big Mouth Shut.


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