19:30 | 01 Oct 21 | The Blue Lamp

We Love You Bill!

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(Aberdeen Jazz Festival salutes the late Bill Kemp)


Drummer, Bill Kemp, was such a positive force and a strong friend to so many of us involved in jazz in Aberdeen for so long, it’s hard to imagine he’s gone. He died in April  2021. Born in Perth, where he was part of the musical ferment that produced the Average White Band, Bill moved to Aberdeen in the 1960’s, joining Alex Sutherland’s Band. He was a regular on Grampian TV and at sessions all over the North East, working with jazz groups, Big Bands, folk and pop musicians, and a galaxy of international stars. For over 50 years, he was the swing-king of the North East. The first choice drummer for everyone. Marisha Addison, who first started working with Bill in the early 70’s, has put together a concert that sends our love letter to our great friend, and what a line up we have  - with leading North East jazz musicians Bill worked with over the years:  Pete Lowit, Alan King, Frank Burnett, Colin Black, and Bryan Chalmers; young musicians he helped nurture, like Matthew Kilner and Richard Glassby; and national jazz stars who knew and loved his music like Colin Steele and drummer Alyn Cosker. Just the kind of gig, Bill would have paid to come to! Join us if you can.