b. 5 January 1927, London, Britain, d. 14 July 1978. Although most widely known for his dixieland-style drumming, Hastings was well-versed in the areas of jazz. He was initially noticed playing contemporary jazz in the past due 40s, but by 1949 got joined up with Freddy Randall’s traditional music group. After five years with Randall he shifted to Alex Welsh, with whom he continued to be until 1973. Both after and during his period with Welsh, Hastings performed in rhythm areas accompanying going to American artists such as for example Rex Stewart, Costs Coleman, Bob Wilber and Kenny Davern. An exuberant character with an outrageous feeling of fun, Hastings was presented with to putting on fright wigs in tones of vitriolic orange. His loss of life in July 1978 still left a gap in the united kingdom jazz scene.