Ken Stubbs

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Ken Stubbs
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Ken Stubbs, Binna Burra Studios, Australia, 2012
Background information
Born (1961-03-29) March 29, 1961 (age 58)
Liverpool, England
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, free improvisation
Occupation(s)Saxophonist, composer, teacher,
InstrumentsAlto Saxophone
Years active1980–present
LabelsECM, Cherryk Records
Associated actsFirst House, Django Bates, Mick Hutton, Martin France, Gary Husband, Phil Robson, Scott Tinkler, Loose Tubes

Ken Stubbs (born in 1961) is a jazz musician, alto saxophonist, and composer.

Early life[edit]

Ken Stubbs was born in Old Swan, Liverpool, United Kingdom and later attended Blackpool Grammar School. In 1978-80 he studied saxophone, composition and conducting at Salford College under the tutorship of Goff Richards and Roy Newsome.

As jazz musician[edit]

First House[edit]

In 1984, Ken Stubbs formed First House together with Django Bates on piano, Mick Hutton on bass and Martin France on drums.

Other projects[edit]

While living in London Ken Stubbs also played and recorded with Mike Walker, Jeremy Stacey, Gary Husband, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Phil Robson, Orlando le Fleming, Mike Gibbs Orchestra and Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath.

He was also a member of the UK jazz ensemble, Loose Tubes, appearing on the three live albums recorded at Ronnie Scott's Club in 1990, and released in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

In 2000 before leaving the UK to reside in Australia he recorded a quartet album, 'Ballads', featuring drummer, Gary Husband [1][2][3]

In 2004 Ken Stubbs was one of the 60 composers invited to create one bar of music for the composition, 'Premature Celebration' by Django Bates - written for Evan Parker and the London Sinfonietta, to celebrate Evan's 60th birthday. It was performed at the FuseLeeds Festival and broadcast by BBC Radio 3.[4]

Since living in Australia he has been a saxophone tutor at Queensland Conservatorium of Music as well as a saxophone tutor and big band director at both Southern Cross University, Lismore and Northern Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre, NSW.

He has played and recorded with Australian jazz and improvising musicians Paul Grabowsky, Simon Barker, Steve Newcomb, Brett Hirst, Matt McMahon, Scott Tinkler, John Morrison and John Hoffman.

Since 1996 he has been developing a major on-line jazz education library resource.


As leader[edit]

  • 'Eréndira' (1985) - ECM
  • 'Cantilena' (1989) - ECM
  • 'Ballads' (2000) - with Gary Husband, Phil Robson, Mick Hutton - CherryK Records
  • 'Strange Attractors' (2011) - with Scott Tinkler, Simon Barker, Brett Hirst, Steve Newcomb - CherryK Records
  • 'Crooked Crooks Cracks' (2012) - Scott Tinkler, Simon Barker, Brett Hirst, Steve Newcomb - CherryK Records

With Loose Tubes[edit]

  • 'Dancing On Frith Street' (Recorded live 1990) (2010)
  • 'Säd Afrika' (Recorded live 1990) (2012)
  • 'Arriving' (Recorded live 1990) (2015)


  1. ^ Lee, Chris. Manchester Evening News. November 10, 2000.
  2. ^ Vine, Andrew. Yorkshire Evening Post. November 22, 2000.
  3. ^ Griffiths, David. South Wales Evening Post. November 6, 2000
  4. ^ Fordham, John. The Guardian, Friday 5 March 2004

Tyran, Grillo (January 11, 2012). "First House: Eréndira (ECM 1307)". between sound and space. ECM.

Tyran, Grillo (March 1, 2012). "First House: Cantilena (ECM 1393)". between sound and space. ECM.

Santella, Jim (1 January 2001). "Ken Stubbs: Ballads". All About Jazz.

Lindsay, Bruce (13 January 2011). "Loose Tubes: Dancing On Frith Street (2010)". All About Jazz.

Kelman, John (28 June 2012). "Loose Tubes: Sad Afrika". Extended Analysis. All About Jazz.

"First House: Eréndira (ECM 1307)". ECM.

"First House: Cantilena (ECM 1393)". ECM.

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