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Peter Ind was born in Middlesex in July, 1928 and originally played violin and piano but from 1947 specialised on double bass. After gigging in the Windsor area and working with Mecca for a palais residency he became part of the Joe Saye Trio in 1949. He worked briefly with the Tommy Sampson band and after working as a musician on many transatlantic cruise liner voyages he emigrated to the USA in April, 1951.
He was a follower of the Lennie Tristano school of jazz and in the 1950s worked with Tristano and Lee Konitz as well as Roy Eldridge, Buddy Rich and Coleman Hawkins. In the late 1950s he ran his own recording studio and in late 1960 founded his own record label Wave, which celebrated it's 50th anniversary in 2010 and is the oldest independent British-based record label.
He returned to Britain in late 1961, returned to the USA in 1963 touring with Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh before another return to Britain in 1966 when he joined the Phil Seamen Quartet. He also performed in duos and trios most notably with Martin Taylor.
In the 1980s and '90s he ran the very successful Bass Clef and Tenor Clef jazz clubs in London. From the 1970s he was an active teacher and freelanced extensively as well as organising his own studio and leading his own sextet. He continued to play with various groups into the 2000s. He was a man of many talents - his paintings have been exhibited at the Royal Academy - he had written a book on cosmology and a memoir of Lennie Tristano and was a restorer of blue and white chinese porcelain. He died in August, 2021 at the age of 93.
Wave Records
Peter Ind was always fascinated not only with playing jazz but also recording it and seeing how sounds could be mixed. He bought his first tape machine in 1953 and by 1957 he had purchased state of the art recording equipment and was one of the first to record jazz in stereo.
Many famous recordings were made in his loft in New York in the 50's and early 60's - Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Booker Little to name a few.
He founded his own company - Wave - in New York in 1961 with the release of his first featured album - Peter Ind's Looking Out. He was also one of the first experimenters - doing overdubbing in multi-tracking and varispeed in the 1950's. Now a well known practice, but at the time he was heavily criticised. He made the very first rhythm tracks together with the drummer Jeff Morton. These were used in Lennie Tristano's now legendary recordings for Atlantic Records.
He then established Wave in the UK in 1967, when he returned to London, and through it released a number of his own private recordings. He set up Wave studios as a recording facility helping to rejuvenate a run down area in East London - Hoxton Square. The new Wave premises eventually became host to the jazz venue Bass Clef and Peter continued his personal passion for recording.
New recordings have been made - through to 2010. For full details:
One title recorded in Maryland, Baltimore was included on an LP from the English Wave label. I do not know what the other tracks were. English bass player Peter Ind had joined the group...
Lee Konitz Quartet - April, 1954 (Timespan - Wave LP14)
Lee Konitz (as), Ronnie Ball (p), Peter Ind (b), Jeff Morton (d).
Pennsylvania Avenue (incomplete).

Lee Konitz Quartet - April/May, 1954 (Vogue LDE152 *one take only)
Lee Konitz (as), Ronnie Ball (p), Peter Ind (b), Jeff Morton (d).
Bop Goes The Leesel* (three takes)/Mean To Me* (two takes)/I'll Remember April*/317 East 32nd*/Nursery Rhyme* (four takes)/Limehouse Blues*.
(DA-Black Lion - Body and soul - all titles and takes...)

In February, 1955 The Lee Konitz Quartet recorded an album for the Storyville label titled Lee Konitz in Harvard Square. The quartet was made up of: Lee Konitz (as), Ronnie Ball (p), Peter Ind (b), Jeff Morton (d). The resulting record was not released in the UK...

The first Wave LP used material from eight dates from August, 1957 to July, 1961 with varying personnels on each occassion. All were recorded in New York - the December, 1958 was from "The Den Club"...
Peter Ind - New York, August, 1957 (Looking out - Wave LP1, Esquire 32-159)
Peter Ind (b).
Double Bass Blues* (multiple track recording).
(*Wave CD - Looking out / Jazz bass baroque)

Peter Ind - New York, April, 1958 (Looking out - Wave LP1, Esquire 32-159)
Peter Ind (b), Joe Puma (g).
(*Wave CD - Looking out / Jazz bass baroque)

Peter Ind - New York, December, 1958 (Looking out - Wave LP1, Esquire 32-159)
Ronnie Ball (p), Al Shackman (g), Peter Ind (b).
Blues At The Den*.
(*Wave CD - Looking out / Jazz bass baroque)

In the period December, 1959 to September, 1960 the UK label Wave released two LPs by the Warne Marsh Quartet with Ronnie Ball. These were recorded in New York but only released in the UK...
Warne Marsh Quartet - New York, December 19th, 1959 (Release record, send tape - Wave LP6)
Warne Marsh (ts), Ronnie Ball (p), Peter Ind (b), Dick Scott (d).
Sweet Georgia Brown*/Coolhouse*/It's You Or No One*/I Remember You*.
(*Wave CD - Release record, send tape (part))

Warne Marsh Quartet - New York, February 22nd, 1960 (Release record, send tape - Wave LP6)
Personnel as December 19th, 1959.
You Stepped Out Of A Dream*.
(*Wave CD - Release record, send tape (part))

Warne Marsh Quartet - New York, August 9th, 1960 (Jazz from the East Village - Wave LP10)
Warne Marsh (ts), Ronnie Ball (p), Eddie De Haas (b except-1), Peter Ind (b-1), Bob Minnicucci (brushes).
Summer Session*/Easy Beat*/Sunshine*/East Side Swing*/223 East 2nd Street*/August In New York*/Change Round (1)*/Get Together (1)*.
(*Wave CD - More Jazz from the East Village)

Warne Marsh Quartet - New York, September 8th, 1960 (Release record, send tape - Wave LP6)
Warne Marsh (ts), Ronnie Ball (p), Peter Ind (b), Dick Scott (d).
Alone Together*/A New Kind Of Blues (RB out)*/Foreground Music*/Happening*/Marshlight*/Commentary*.
(*Wave CD - Release record, send tape (part))

Peter Ind - New York, October, 1960 (Looking out - Wave LP1, Esquire 32-159)
Sal Mosca (p), Peter Ind (b), Dick Scott (d).
Love Me Or Leave Me*.
(*Wave CD - Looking out / Jazz bass baroque)

Peter Ind - New York, November, 1960 (Looking out - Wave LP1, Esquire 32-159)
Ronnie Ball (p), Al Shackman (g), Peter Ind (b), Sheila Jordan (vcl) (d).
Yesterdays (SJ vcl)*.
(*Wave CD - Looking out / Jazz bass baroque)

Peter Ind - New York, February, May, July, 1961 (Looking out - Wave LP1, Esquire 32-159)
Peter Ind (b), Dick Scott (d).
Ind-Imp*/Patricia*/Arak* (all multiple track recordings).
(*Wave CD - Looking out / Jazz bass baroque)

Tony Coe / John Picard Quintet - November 18th, 1966 (Jazz tete a tete - 77 LEU12/21 (part only)
Tony Coe (cl,as,ts), John Picard (tb), Colin Purbrook (p), Peter Ind (b), Jackie Dougan (d).
Jeep Is Jumpin'*/Blues We Played Last Night*/Tenderly*.(other titles on this LP and CD by others)
(*Harkit CD - Jazz Tete a Tete)

Tommy Whittle Quartet - February, 1967 (Masquerade MQ2000 - Sax for Dreamers)
Tommy Whittle (ts), Kenny Powell (p), Lennie Bush or Peter Ind* (b), Jackie Dougan (d).
The Things We Did Last Summer*/The Folks Who Live On The Hill*/When Sunny Gets Blue*/A House Is Not A Home*/My One And Only Love*/Autumn In New York/The Shadow Of Your Smile/I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face/Who Can I Turn To/Manhattan/Easy Living/Moonlight In Vermont.

The LP detailed below was possibly the first to consist of unaccompanied double bass solos. A second was to follow a year later...
Peter Ind - November, 1968 (Improvisations - Wave LP3)
Peter Ind (b).
Upbow/Homebass/Finger Painting/Reflection/Oud/Listen With Poppa/Minor Mushing/Collage/Blues Alone/Ind Id.

Peter Ind - c1969 (Time for improvisations - Wave LP4)
Peter Ind (b).
My Melancholy Baby*/Mean To Me*/Pennies From Heaven*/Foolin' Myself*/You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To*/All Of Me*/All the Things You Are*/Blues*/Reflection*/Out Of Nowhere*/Indiana*.
(*Wave CD - Time for improvisations)

Peter Ind - March, April, 1974 (Your friendly neighbourhood rhythm section - Wave LP7)
Peter Ind (b), Dick Scott, Tox Drohar (d).
Blues/Autumn Leaves/Skylark/Love Me Or Leave Me/Play Fiddle Play/Easy Livin'/You Stepped Out Of A Dream/The Song Is You.

Peter Ind - April, 1974 (No kidding - Wave LP9)
Chas Burchell (ts,fl), Dave Cliff (g), Peter Ind (b), Dick Scott, Tox Drohar (d).
The Song Is You/Gone With The Wind/April 1974/I Cover The Waterfront/Over The Rainbow/No U Turn.

Peter Ind Sextet - January 29th, February 16th, 1975 (Peter Ind Sextet - Wave LP13)
Chas Burchell (ts,fl), Gray Allard (ts), Bernard Cash (pic,bs), Derek Phillips, Dave Cliff (g), Peter Ind (b).
Crazy She Calls Me/Unquiet Soul/Offa's Dyke Walk/Starlight/Kary's Trance/Fishin' Around/Outlet/Tryst/Sweet Georgia Brown/Fools Rush In/Sal's Line.

Louis Stewart / Peter Ind - September 11th and 12th, 1975 (Baubles, bangles and beads - Wave LP12)
Louis Stewart (g), Peter Ind (b).
Body And Soul*/Everything Happens to Me*/Free For Two*/Baubles, Bangles And Beads*/Loverman*/Gone With The Wind*/Autumn Leaves*/Angel Eyes*.
(*Wave CD - Beyond baubles, bangles and beads)

Peter Ind - March 15th, 16th, 1978 (Great jazz solos revisited - Wave LP18)
Digby Fairweather (tp), Peter King (as), Jim Livesey (as,sop), Bob Burns, John Holbrook (ts), Joan Cunningham (bs,sop), Bernard Cash (pic,fl), Dave Cliff (g), Peter Ind (b), Art Morgan (d).
Scrapple From The Apple/Bird Of Paradise/Struttin' With Some Barbecue/Lester's Broadway/Lee Konitz' Solo On Lover Man/Stardust/Billie's Bounce.

Benny Waters Quartet - March 29th, 1979 (Bouncing Benny - Camelia C12-3)
Benny Waters (cl,as,ts), Eddie Thompson (p), Peter Ind (b), Derek Hogg (d).
Three Little Words/Hogg's Blues/Here's That Rainy Day/Who's Sorry Now/Poor Butterfly/Benny's Bouncing Blues.

On July 17th, 1985 Spike Robinson recorded for the Capri label (Capri 71785) live at the"Bass Clef Club" in London. The album was titled Spring can really hang you up the most and was not released in the UK. The group personnel was Spike Robinson (ts), Ted Beament (p), Peter Ind (b), Bill Eyden (d).

Peter Ind - c1987 (Jazz bass baroque - Wave LP11)
Daryl Anger (vln), Martin Taylor (g), Peter Ind (b).
Tribute to Lennie*/Lush Life*/Following*/Bach*/I'll Never Smile Again*/On Green Dolphin Street*/Don't Get Around Much Anymore*/Just Squeeze Me*/Triple Libra Blues*/Anthropology*.
(*Wave CD - Looking out / Jazz bass baroque)

This page is incomplete - there are a number of records from the Wave catalogue still to be added, covering dates that Peter Ind took part in with Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Duke Jordan, Kenny Barron, Martin Taylor and others...

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