Joe Temperley, Scottish saxophonist, Died at 86


Joe Temperley was born on September 20, 1929, and died on May 11, 2016.

He was a Scottish saxophonist.

Joe has performed on various instruments but is most associated with the baritone saxophone and bass clarinet.

Temperley first achieved fame in the United Kingdom as a member of Humphrey Lyttelton’s band from 1958-1965.

Joe relocated to New York City where in 1965 he performed and/or recorded with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Joe Henderson, Duke Pearson, the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and Clark Terry, among many others.

He toured and recorded with the Duke Ellington Orchestra as a replacement for Harry Carney, in October 1974.

He played in the Broadway show Sophisticated Ladies in the 1980s, and his film soundtrack credits include Cotton Club, Biloxi Blues, Brighton Beach Memoirs, When Harry Met Sally, and Tune In Tomorrow, composed by Wynton Marsalis.

Temperley was a guest mentor of the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra also known as FYJO program in Scotland, co-founded by Richard Michael and Dr Colin Thompson, which now enrolls 30 young musicians ages 7–18.

Joe Temperley released various albums as a leader, including Nightingale (1991) with Brian Lemon, Sunbeam and Thundercloud with pianist Dave McKenna (1996), With Every Breath (1998) and Double Duke (1999) with several fellow Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members.

Joe was an original member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and served on the faculty of the Juilliard School for Jazz Studies.

Joe Temperley passed away at 86 yrs old.