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It was titled Surging Ahead and got 5 stars in Down Beat.That session led to another important connection in Colin’s career.
He also studied piano and theory at an early age, and worked with English name bands from age eighteen. At that time he accompanied distinguished visiting jazz artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan.This was the start of a life long friendship between Colin & Joe. That same kind of friendship happened with The Victor Feldman Trio's Victor and Monty Budwig (the great bass player) and Colin. In September of 1963, Colin was called to sub for Tony Williams in the new Miles Davis Quintet. Miles had spent several nights at The Scene (the club that Colin was playing in with Victor Feldman) because he wanted Victor to be the piano player in his new band. There were more jazz greats to play for on various shows: Cannonball Adderly, Errol Garner, Lionel Hampton, Carmen Mc Rae, and Mel Torme. In 1979 Colin moved to Dallas to work in the jingle scene that was thriving there at that time.Over the next 32 years they worked on many recordings, T. Miles’ group had been booked at another jazz club in L. Victor surprisingly declined, and Miles hired Herbie Hancock. He became a drum teacher at North Texas State University from 1982-84.One memorable night, about midnight, Hughes, wearing a sports coat, tie, and tennis shoes, sat at the table. George fell ill and returned home, but Bain and the ladies stayed.He requested Im Gonna Take A Slow Boat To China, which the group played straight away. Bain eventually came home, and in late 1945, he received a call from guitarist Dave Barbour.