Bill Le Sage
William A. Le Sage (20 January 1927, 31 October 2001) was a British pianist, vibraphonist, arranger, composer and bandleader.
Later life and career
Le Sage's career began in 1945 when he led a sextet. He was then a member of army bands while serving with the Royal Signals. He played piano for the Johnny Dankworth Seven in 1950, but soon switched to vibraphone. He left in 1954 to join the various small groups led by the drummer Tony Kinsey, with whom he stayed until 1961. He then joined baritone sax player Ronnie Ross, with whom he co-led various line-ups until 1966. During this period, Le Sage also played with Kenny Baker's Dozen. He began writing music for television and films.
During the 1960s, Le Sage was with Jack Parnell's orchestra, the Chris Barber Band, and led his group, Directions in Jazz. His composer credits included scores for the films The Tell-Tale Heart (1960), Tarnished Heroes (1961), The Silent Invasion (1961), Strip Tease Murder (1963) and The Court Martial of Major Keller (1964).
He accompanied visiting American musicians, including guitarist Tal Farlow on an annual basis. In 1969, he formed the Bebop Preservation Society quintet, which he continued for more than two decades. Le Sage also worked with Barbara Thompson's Jubiaba and others. He died in London on 31 October 2001.
- Presenting The Bill Le Sage – Ronnie Ross Quartet (1963)
- Cleopatra's Needle (1968)
- Live at the Bull – Tribute Vols. 1–2 (2007)