Joe Temperley (20 September 1929 – 11 May 2016) was a Scottish jazz saxophonist. He performed with various instruments, but was most associated with the baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone, and bass clarinet.
Temperley (left) and Gary Smulyan in November 2005
20 September 1929|
Cowdenbeath, Scotland, UK
|Died||11 May 2016
New York City
|Instruments||Baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet|
|Associated acts||The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra|
Temperley first played cornet, aged 12, then started on saxophone at the age of 14. Six months later, he got his first job at the Glasgow-based Tommy Sampson's Orchestra, having previously played in local dance bands. He joined Humphrey Lyttelton's London-based band in 1957 and stayed until 1965, when he moved to the US. After six months, he was recruited by Woody Herman, with whom he toured for two years.
He also performed or recorded Buddy Rich, Joe Henderson, Duke Pearson, the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and Clark Terry among many others. In October 1974, he toured and recorded with the Duke Ellington Orchestra as a replacement for Harry Carney.
During the 1980s, Temperley played in the Broadway show Sophisticated Ladies; and his film soundtrack credits included Cotton Club, Biloxi Blues, Brighton Beach Memoirs, When Harry Met Sally, and Tune In Tomorrow, the latter composed by Wynton Marsalis.
He was a guest mentor of the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra programme in Scotland. He was an original member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and served on the faculty of the Juilliard School for Jazz Studies.
Temperley died in New York City on 11 May 2016, aged 86.
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- Just Friends (Hep, 1978) with Jimmy Knepper
- Nightingale (Hep, 1991) with Brian Lemon
- Special Relationship (Hep, 1994)
- Concerto for Joe (Hep, 1995) with Jimmy Deuchar
- Sunbeam and Thundercloud (Concord Jazz, 1996) with Dave McKenna
- With Every Breath (Hep, 1998)
- Double Duke (Naxos, 1999)
- Live at the Floating Jazz Festival (Chiaroscuro, 2000) with Kenny Davern
- Easy to Remember (Hep, 2001)
- Cocktail for Two (Sackville, 2006) with Harry Allen
- The Sinatra Songbook (Hep, 2008)
- Live in Cuba (Blue Engine Records, 2010) with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
- Vacher, Peter (17 May 2016) "Joe Temperley Obituary". The Guardian.
- "Joe Temperley, Jazz Saxophonist – Obituary". (17 May 2016) The Daily Telegraph.
- "Practice keeps jazz veteran in tune". BBC News - UK - Scotland. BBC. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- FYJO - the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra Archived 6 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2008.
- Haga, Evan (12 May 2016) "Saxophonist Joe Temperley Dies". JazzTimes.
- Joe Temperley biography — BBC Music website
- Joe Temperley's bio at Jazz at Lincoln Center
- Tribute to Joe Temperley at Jazz at Lincoln Center
- Billie Holiday: Year Of Lady Day by Alex Henderson, The New York City Jazz Record
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