Spike Robinson was an excellent American saxophonist who fell in love with London when he was posted there as part of a US Navy band in 1948, and ultimately settled in the city for good in 1989, having been a regular visitor over the years. His love for England extended to an enthusiasm for that most un-American of games, cricket.
Robinson's elegant, light-hued, deftly swinging tenor playing drew on a lineage that ran from Lester Young through Zoot Sims to Stan Getz, but with a sinewy elegance which was all his own.
In 1992 he married his agent, Susan May (Chelmsford Jazz Club’s Chairman), who had been instrumental in supporting and encouraging him through illness. He died in 2001, and the photo links to the obituary in The Guardian:
Spike Robinson’s 70th birthday DVD:
You’ll have to wind the volume way up for these, but they’re worth it:
JazzWax blog page about Spike:
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