Bobby Worth


Photograph courtesy of David Fisher (Aldershot, Farnham & Fleet Camera Club).

BOBBY WORTH took up drums at the age of 11, and was the National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s first drummer, in 1966, aged 16.  Since than he has played with many big bands, including Frankie Vaughan’s V men, the Bert Rhodes Orchestra at the ‘Talk of the Town’, Kenny Baker’s Dozen, the Freddy Staff Big Band, the BBC Radio Orchestra, the Stateside Stompers and the Buck Clayton Legacy Band.  Worth has played in trios and quartets led by Pete King, Jim Mullen, Don Weller, Brian Dee, Simon Spillett, Geoff Eales, Derek Nash, Len Skeat, Alan Barnes and Digby Fairweather, and many other leading names of the British jazz scene, such as Kathy Stobart and (the late) Dave Shepherd as well as backing visiting American artists, such as Pearl Bailey, Buddy Greco, Charlie Byrd, Buddy Tate, Bob Wilber and Kenny Davern.  During the 90s he often worked with Elaine Delmar and with Val Wiseman’s Lady Sings the Blues show.  He was named the 1998 British Telecom Drummer of the Year.

He has also led his own line-ups, and his quartets and quintets have included saxophonists Ben Castle and Simon Allen, Paul Morgan on double bass, and pianists John Pearce or Robin Aspland.  As of 2013, his quintet comprises Gareth Williams on keyboards, bassist Dave Green, Simon Allen on sax, and trumpeter Paul Jordanous.