Ray Foxley

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Raymond Geoffrey Foxley (28 December 1928 – 6 July 2002) was a British jazz pianist.[1]

Foxley was born in Birmingham, England.[1] He led his own bands from 1946, including the Gutbucket Six, the Gully Low Stompers and the Levee Ramblers.[1] After settling in London in the 1950s he worked with Bobby Mickleburgh, Mick Mulligan, Chris Barber, Mike Daniels and Ken Colyer during that decade.[1] A further move to Bromsgrove in 1960 meant that he played more in the Midlands.[2] In the 1960s he was part of Ken Ingram's Band and Eddie Matthews' Jump Band.[1] In the following decade he freelanced, led his own quintet, and played in Europe with Rod Mason.[1] Foxley returned to Colyer in 1986, and stayed with the Ken Colyer Trust Band until 1994, following the leader's death.[1] In the same decade, he also freelanced and led his own band.[1] He also gave solo performances throughout his career.[1] Much of what he played was traditional jazz, but he "was also admired by avant-gardists like sopranoist Lol Coxhill and percussionist Roger Turner".[2] Foxley died in London on 6 July 2002.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • Six for Two, 1979, on the Jeton label
  • Professor Foxley's Sporting House Music, 1978, on the Jeton label[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Chilton, John (2004). Who's Who of British Jazz (2nd ed.). Continuum. pp. 138–139. ISBN 978-0-8264-7234-2.
  2. ^ a b Holme, CJB (14 August 2002). "Ray Foxley". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Ray Foxley Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 February 2022.

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