b. 15 November 1925, Blackpool, Lancashire, England. A fine multi-instrumentalist and arranger with a wide stylistic range, Harvey first attracted attention in traditional jazz circles. This was in the early 40s when he played trombone with George Webb’s band. In the post-war years he continued to play traditional jazz, mostly with Freddy Randall, then changed direction when, in 1950, he played with Vic Lewis and was a member of the first John Dankworth Seven and Dankworth’s big band. In succeeding years he played with musicians such as Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott, and was a member of Woody Herman’s Anglo-American Herd. In the 60s he also played piano with, among others, Humphrey Lyttelton for whom he also wrote arrangements. Moving into jazz education, he worked as a teacher and also studied music education. He has also written books, including a self-education jazz guide. This all-round ability and eclectic taste has made Harvey an important member of the British jazz scene for more than half a century.
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