Scanning the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra personnel one spots a distinguished looking gray hair in the baritone sax chair amidst the flowering jazz youth. Wisdom and experience are especially welcome in such a key chair in any orchestra, and in this case it is Joe Temperley who lends a certain grace to the LCJO’s harmonies. This is apropos given the LCJO’s long-standing Ellington proclivities, for it was Temperley himself who assumed the great Harry Carney’s chair when the giant of the bari sax passed on to ancestry in 1974. Wisdom steeped in Ellingtonia is a wonderful thing, as Wynton Marsalis has certainly discovered in Temperley’s case.
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