b. 2 September 1940, Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire, England, d. 24 May 1995, London, England. Pyne’s father was a pianist and he encouraged him to play from the age of three. He went to London in 1961 and played piano regularly in a succession of bands - with drummer Tony Kinsey, Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, Tubby Hayes and Humphrey Lyttelton. Pyne sometimes had the chance to play his second instrument, the trumpet, but more regularly contributed his strong solo lines or accompaniments on piano. He worked with Philly Joe Jones, saxophonists Stan Getz, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon and Ronnie Scott, with the Mike Gibbs Orchestra and the Cecil Payne Quintet. In the 80s he also played with Georgie Fame’s Stardust Road show and Keith Smith’s Hefty Jazz. Pyne’s brother, Chris Pyne, was also a jazz musician and tragically, died just one month before his brother.
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