His ship was torpedoed in the Pacific Ocean in 1942; he was not injured and was rescued by airplane, but the plane crashed and he was hospitalized in New York City as a result. Upon his return to London late in the year he sang with Harry Parry, then formed a group briefly in 1943 which included Ronnie Scott among its members. Kaye played with Jiver Hutchinson's All-Coloured Band on troop tours in 1946-47, then aplyed with Ted Heath (1947), Tito Burns (1948), and Jazz at the Town Hall. He led his own bands from 1948, including the Ministers of Swing, in which Scott, Denis Rose, and Johnny Dankworth played. Other bands he led include The Cabinettes (with Ronnie Ball) and his own All-Coloured Band (with Dave Wilkins and Sam Walker; this ensemble toured Europe). Early in the 1950s Kaye accompanied Don Byas in Paris; he recorded copiously as a leader in the 1950s and worked as a sideman with Keith Bird, Ken Moule, Gerry Moore, Norman Burns, Wallace Bishop, and Rob Pronk.
He made an appearance in the 1953 film Blood Orange. In 1960, he recorded in London with Humphrey Lyttelton's ensemble. Soon after this he worked for the Ghanaian embassy in London, then in Accra and Lagos early in the 1970s. Moving to Amsterdam in the 1980s, he opened his own club, Cab's Jazz Piano Bar. Kaye is the father of Terri Quaye, Finley Quaye, and Caleb Quaye.
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