Sad to report the death after a long illness on Sunday of Scottish pianist, drummer, and bandleader Stan Greig. Greig was at the Royal High School in Edinburgh with clarinettist Sandy Brown and trumpeter Al Fairweather, and they all played together as teenagers. After a move to London he played, among others, in the bands of Ken Colyer, Humphrey Lyttelton and Bruce Turner and Acker Bilk. He later founded the London Jazz Big Band. A fuller tribute will appear here later in the week.
Clip above: Stan Greig (piano), Humphrey Lyttelton (trumpet), Pete Strange (trombone), Bruce Turner (clarinet), John Barnes (baritone), Paul Bridge (bass) and Adrian Mackintosh (drums). Thank you for those Peter Vacher, whose obituary of Stan Greig is in the Guardian.
UPDATE 11th December: Alyn Shipton’s Obituary of Stan Greig has appeared in The Times. (Paywall)
Stanley Mackay Greig. Born August 12, 1930, died 18th November 2012
The Scottish Jazz Federation thank London Jazz for passing on this sad news about Stan Greig. We have posted on our web and social media sites so that the jazz community in Scotland can pay their respects.
I met Stan many times when he was a member of
John Chiltons Feetwarmers on their visits to Tyneside and always enjoyed
his company and banter.Very sad to read of his passing.Hope he is hitting the boogie in another
RIP Stan.( Plus the rest of the chaps)
You gave me a lot of pleasure.