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Joe Temperley

In Memoriam:  Joe Temperley 1929 - 2016

Joe Temperley was born in Scotland and first achieved prominence in the United Kingdom as a member of Humphrey Lyttelton’s band from 1958 to 1965. In 1965, Temperley came to New York City, where 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. In 1974 he toured and recorded with The Duke Ellington Orchestra as a replacement for Harry Carney. Temperley 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 is a mentor and co-founder of the FIFE Youth Jazz Orchestra program in Scotland, which now enrolls 70 young musicians, ages 7–17, playing in three full-size bands. He has released several albums as a leader including



Sunbeam and Thundercloud

with pianist Dave McKenna (1996),

With Every Breath

(1998), and

Double Duke

(1999). He released


(2006) on Hep Records and

Cocktails for Two

(2007) on Sackville.

About The Artist

Instrument: Saxophone

Related Links: Joe Temperley @ All Music
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