|Decades:||1960s 1990s 2000s|
Robert Havens, 3 May 1930, Quincy, Illinois, USA. Havens came from a musical family and was learning violin and piano before he took up the trombone when he was aged eight. In the mid-50s he played a months residency in New Orleans with Ralph Flanagans orchestra and decided to settle there. He played with George Girard before joining Al Hirt in 1957 for three successful years. He followed Pete Fountain from Hirt to Lawrence Welks band and stayed with him for 20 years. Since then he has led a band at Disneyland and continued to work in studios, always able to provide the kind of classic dixieland typified by Bob Crosby with whom he worked in 1985. He acknowledges Jack Teagarden as his principal influence. He is involved in teaching and plays with college bands.