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Joe Temperley(1)

May 10.2017

Photo above of Joe Temperley by NPR

Late last month I posted about bass clarinet players.

I announced to write again about Joe Temperley on next month.

Joe Temperley was a giant of the baritone saxophone and the first Scottish jazz musician to make it on the New York scene.

Photo above of (from left),Quentin Jackson, Harry Carney and Britt Woodman
courtesy by Pinterst

In the 1970s following the death of Harry Carney, his glorious baritone saxophone sound anchored the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

He was born on September 20,1929 in Crowdenbeath, Scotland.

When he was 14 old, he was already playing cornet alongside his elder brother in the Cowdenbeath Brass Band.

Then he began to play alto saxophone.

Photo above of Louis Armstrong and Humphrey Lytteltonby collection National Portrait Gallery, London

After moving to London, he joined Humphrey Lyttelton’s band and switched to the baritone sax.

He later said ;“That was the start of my professional career.The rest was incidental.”

He met many top American musicians ,including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley and Anita O’Day.

So he enjoyed his first taste of New York in August 1959.

Once I posted about Humphrey Lyttelton.Go here

先月末、Bass clarinetプレイヤー列伝として投稿致しました。
その中でJoe Temperleyについて彼の命日である5月に詳しく投稿するとお約束しました。
Joe Temperley は baritone saxophoneの名手であり、スコットランド出身のジャズミュージシャンで後年はニューヨークで活躍しました。Harry Carneyの死後、Duke Ellington Orchestraのサックスの中心でした。
1929年9月20日、スコットランドのCrowdenbeathで生まれ、14歳の時に同地のBandで兄と一緒にコルネットを演奏していました。その後、アルトサックスに楽器を変えました。
ロンドン移住後、Humphrey Lyttelton’s bandに加入しバリトンサックスをメイン楽器としました。
彼は「それは私のプロのキャリアのスタートだった。残りは偶然だった。」と発言している。
彼はLouis Armstrong、Billie Holiday、Thelonious Monk、Cannonball Adderley、Anita O’Dayなどと共演しました。
そして1959年8月にニューヨークに初めて演奏旅行にも行きました。
私はHumphrey Lytteltonについて過去に投稿しています。こちらをクリックして下さい。

Here is Joe Temperley plays “Alabama”.

Here is Joe Temperley plays “SIngle Petal of a Rose”.

The Jazz Workshop(4)

February 09.2017

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“Piano Workshop” was held in Berlin October 30, 1965.

This event was organised by Joachim Ernst Berendt.

He wanted to show the development of jazz piano.

So he did not choose Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner.

Photo above of Joachim Ernst Berendt

Photo above of Joachim Ernst Berendt

Earl Hines was the father of jazz piano improvisation.

Teddy Wilson was on hand to represent the swing piano style.

Lennie Tristano served as an exponent of modern exploratory piano playing.

It seems unnecessary to explain about Bill Evans and John Lewis.

Jaki Byard alternated free and stride passages on the same tune.

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Unfortunately Bud Powell could not participate because of sickness.

Also two pianists could not participate.

Thelonious Monk was touring Europe with his own band.

Photo above of Eroll Garner with Art Tatum from hipstersanctuary.com

Photo above of Eroll Garner with Art Tatum from hipstersanctuary.com

Art Tatum already had died in 1956.

The program began started from Earl Hines.

Then Teddy Wilson, John Lewis, Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans, and Jaki Byard appeared in order.

The piano players were supported by bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Alan Dawson.

Here is Earl Hines plays “Memories of you”.

Here is Earl Hines & Teddy Wilson play “All Of Me”.

Here is John Lewis trio play “Django”.
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Here is Lennie Tristano Piano Solo plays “G Minor Complex”.

Here is Bill Evans trio play “Beautiful Love”.

Here is Jaki Byard plays “Free Improvisation”.

The Jazz Workshop(2)

February 07.2017

Photo: Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

Photo: Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco was located on Broadway between Columbus and Montgomery.

Between 1961 and 1964, numerous  “Live at the Jazz Workshop” albums were produced.

These performances featured artists such as James Moody, Barry Harris, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Mingus, and Thelonius Monk.

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I found an interesting article at Cannonball Adderley’s live.

I quoted “When Bebop Filled the Night(Historical Essay)” by Art Peterson

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Photo above of Dmitri Shostakovich

Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich was in the audience for his first experience with American jazz.He made no comment, smiled appreciatively several times and applauded vigorously on occasion.

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Photo above of Lenny Bruce from OKmusic

Also Lenny Bruce was infamously arrested here during his performance at the Jazz Workshop In October 1961.

In 1964 Miles Davis was supposed to play a two-week gig at the Workshop.

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Photo by theconcertdatabase.com

The drummer was 18-year-old Tony Williams.

In those days California law did not allow minors in clubs that served liquor.

So the workshop’s owner suspended his liquor license for the length of the engagement, charged a $2 door charge and served soft drinks.

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Photo above of TonyWilliams from Drummerworld

Here is CANNONBALL ADDERLEY QUINTET play “Bohemia After Dark”.

Here is Barry Harris Trio play “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby”.

Here is Thelonious Monk plays “Well you needn’t”.Thelonious Monk(p); Charlie Rouse (ts);Larry Gales (b);Ben Riley (ds)Jazz Workshop, San Francisco,California, Nov.3~4, 1964

Here is Kenny Dorham Quintet play “Inta Somethin’Kenny Dorham (tp);Jackie McLean (as);Walter Bishop Jr. (p);Leroy Vinnegar (b); Art Taylor (ds)Recorded live at “The Jazz Workshop”, San Francisco, CA, Nov 13, 1961

Here is Charles Mingus Quintet play “Meditation”.Charles Mingus(b);Clifford Jordan(ts, fl);Jane Getz(p);Charlie Mingus(b);Dannie Richmond(ds)Live at the Jazz Workshop (in San Francisco)

Paul Chambers(4)

In 1956 and 1957 Paul Chambers participated in nearly 100 recordings, including such as Thelonious Monk’s Brilliant Corners, the Sonny Rollins Quartet’s Tenor Madness.

Clark Terry (trumpet) Sonny Rollins (tenor sax) Thelonious Monk (piano) Paul Chambers (bass) Max Roach (drums) December 7, 1956

Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane (tenor sax), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums) May 24, 1956

In November 1956, he recorded first album ‘Chambers’ Music’ on the Jazz West label.

His first leader work was recorded in two hours for Jazz West, a small Los Angeles label.

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Also Curtis Fuller played his debut recording on this session.

Three months later, he recorded secnd album ‘Whims Of Chambers’ on Blue Note label.

Vee Jay label LP ‘1st Bassman’ was his final work as a leader.

This record was recorded May 12, 1960.

He never overstepped his boundaries and he could be a very subtle player.

But he had been addictions to both alcohol and heroin.

Unfortunately he died at age 33,January 4, 1969.