Alan Haven 1935-2016
We were very sorry to hear the news that Alan Haven sadly passed away aged 80 on 7th January 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He was one of the most talented organists from the 1960s onwards. Our condolences go to his family and friends.
He was given a ‘green burial’ in a private ceremony in Bawtry. He was laid to rest in a golden shroud with saxophonist Adrian Bosnia playing music at the graveside.
Alan Haven enjoyed success with John Barry on the soundtracks to 1960s film classics including The Knack, Goldfinger, From Russia with Love and critical acclaim for his performances and recordings with jazz drumming supremo Tony Crombie. He further scored a surprise single hit with his recording of “Image”.
In 1969 and 1971 Haven recorded two albums for CBS, a mix of originals by Haven with his arrangements of covers. All benefiting from the distinctive Haven Lowrey Heritage keyboard sounds which he had been developing throughout the 1960s. “Haven For Sale” featured jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and direction from Keith Mansfield. “St. Elmo’s Fire” saw Haven experiment more with the keyboards and its effects, also producing and including more originals than before. Both these LPs were released on a short-lived CD in 2010.
In 1996 Alan released a CD on the OS Digital label called “Organ Spectrum” recorded on Wersi Beta organ and Yamaha DX7 synthesizer. The following year a compilation CD was released containing two original Pye LPs, played on his own Haven organ. In 2003 he released “Sitting In… Alan Haven Plays The Big Bands”, a self-produced venture featuring Alan on organ backed by complex MIDI arrangements of fourteen Big Band classics.
In 2008 Alan released a new CD on the MSS Studios label entitled “Everybody’s Talkin’” which a Keyboard Player reviewer wrote, “These temptingly packaged tracks are music for the soul; each one an intricate work of art in its own right”. This CD was joined by the first CD release of “Collectors Item”, his rare 1982 LP recorded on the JVC Victron M-1210 organ. This CD also contained an extra thirteen minutes of previously unreleased bonus material.
Alan sadly passed away in January 2016.