by John West England

Connaught Rooms, London, 1960

Jazz at the Crown 1959

John West ,Vibraphone - Ronald Dawes, Piano - Lawrence Fincham, Bass - David Fowler, Drums

Read here his interesting story:
"I bought possibly the first Trixon Vibes, that was imported into England by Ian Arbiter who had a shop in Charing Cross Road, London. Serial Number 5074. I used to play it at our own Jazz Club, JAZZ AT THE CROWN, in Twickenham, near London. I then went on tour with my Trixon Vibes, working with the Maurice Little Combo, working on the USAF bases in Kaiserslautern, Pirmasens and Kitzingen in Germany, and Nancy, Bar Le Duc, Laon and Etain in France. I then travelled to Turkey and played in Ankara. On my return to England the Trixon Vibes were used on one night stands all over London. Later I took up Hammond Organ, and reluctantly sold my Trixon Vibes. In 2002 I managed to locate my old Trixon Vibes, which had been stored in someone's attic for the last twenty years, and I bought them back. Still in the original case, and in reasonable condition. With a little loving care I am hoping to clean and restore them and have the pleasure of playing them again."

Many thanks to John West