Born 20th July 1928 in Uxbridge Middlesex. U.K. English double bass player. He played on the ship the Queen Mary (1949-51) before settling in New York (1951), where he taught, and performed and recorded with Lennie Tristano (1951), Lee Konitz (1954 – 57), and Buddy Rich (1957). He established a recording studio in 1957, and in 1961 started his own record company, Wave. His album “Looking Out” (1958-61, Wave 1) includes solos, duos with Joe Puma and the drummer Dick Scott, and tracks recorded with a trio and with a quartet. While living in Big Sur, California (1963-6), he became the first double bass player to give concerts and broadcasts as an unaccompanied soloist. In 1965 he played with Konitz and Warne Marsh. Thereafter he returned to England and continued to perform, teach and manage Wave. He toured with Konitz and Marsh in 1975-6. In 1984 he opened the Bass Clef in London, which became one of the city’s most popular clubs.


As a teenager playing dance hall gigs in London, firstly as a pianist and then as a double bass player. Playing on the Queen Mary on trips to New York.


Settling in New York and part of that New York jazz and loft scene. Playing with Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Buddy Rich as well as recording at his loft studio. Part of that group of musicians – Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Sal Mosca, Billy Bauer, Ronnie Ball playing and studying with Lennie Tristano, the blind pianist.


Moving with his young family to Big Sur, California, still playing (the first bass solo at Berkeley) but also painting and writing about Energy and Cosmic Metabolism.


Back in the UK, playing with European jazz musicians – Martin Taylor, Louis Stewart, Stephane Grapelli, setting up his wave record label and recording at his studio in his Twickenham home.

1980s & 90s

Owning and managing the highly regarded Bass Clef and Tenor Clef clubs and Wave Studios in Hoxton, the first venture in this now thriving entertainment locale – the best of Jazz, Latin and African music.

The Millenium

Still playing jazz regularly but also writing – "Jazz Visions" – his reflections about Lennie Tristano (1999), training in blue and white ceramic repair, painting and exhibiting. Putting out Wave jazz recordings each year.

The first decade of 2000s

Playing jazz and writing – "The Environment and Cosmic Metabolism" (2007) based on his writings in Big Sur and studies since then, In preparation (2009) - "Play Now, Pay Later"; his story of the Bass Clef club and its contribution to UK Jazz.

2008 80th birthday celebrations

5 new CDs on Wave, an exhibition – his 2008 Collection, at the 606 club, Chelsea - Peter Ind Invites nights with young and established jazz musicians, concerts in Paris and Auvers sur Oise in France.


Focusing on education and Master Classes – Patron of the Yamaha Jazz Experience – education programme with schools throughout the UK.

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