Tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins is 75 today. He’ll be up in London tomorrow Tuesday for Magdalena Reising’s Burns Night at Pizza Express; and again on Wednesday as Kate Williams’ guest at the Orange Tree in Richmond.
Bobby has that unforgettable, inimitable sound. A sound which can stop you in your tracks, and which has engraved itself for ever into so many minds. One man told me it had saved his life. A woman that it was hearing Bobby which lit the original spark and got her interested in jazz. One pianist told me that one of Bobby’s solos had been so perfect as a narrative it had been a moment of transcendance, of magic.
Best wishes and enjoy the day Isobel and Bobby!