Warleigh, Ray(mond Kenneth)
- Simon Adams
(b Sydney, Sept 28, 1938; d London, Sept 21, 2015). Australian alto saxophonist and flutist. He started on flute and then clarinet as a youth, and was inspired to take up saxophone in his late teens after hearing Paul Desmond. In 1959 he began performing professionally. The following year he moved to England, where he worked at first with Alexis Korner, and later performed and recorded with such diverse musicians as John Stevens (early 1966), Tubby Hayes (recording in his big band in 1966), Chris Pyne (also 1966), Humphrey Lyttelton (1968), Ronnie Scott (summer 1968 – early 1970), and John Warren’s big band (1970). In 1968 he made his first recording as a leader (Ray Warleigh’s First Album, Phi. 7881), which involved both a jazz band and an orchestra. He was associated in the late 1960s and early 1970s with various groups led by Stevens, including the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, and he played with Mike Gibbs (recording in ...