Tam White (born Thomas Bennett Sim) 12 July 1942 – 21 June 2010
Tam was considered to be one of the finest Jazz and Blues singers to come out of the UK, a voice sadly missed on the Scottish music scene. This website is dedicated to his family in Edinburgh and all his fans.
Tam White - A Night of Celebration, Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre
By Alison Kerr - Published in The Scotsman on Tuesday 18/10/2011 - Rating ****
As the singer Liz MacEwan noted in her moving speech at the Scottish Jazz Awards earlier this year, the Edinburgh singer/stonemason Tam White – who was being inducted into the Scottish Jazz Hall of Fame – was someone whose life touched many people from many different backgrounds.
Even within the music world, he straddled so many genres – what John Byrne described as “down’n’durty rock’n’ roll”, blues and, to a lesser extent, jazz – that any event celebrating his musical life was bound to be a diverse and colourful one.
Sunday night’s memorial concert – the first “formal” memorial since White’s sudden death in June 2010 – lived up to those expectations. Organised by two of White’s closest musical pals, pianist Brian Kellock and guitarist Neil Warden, it brought together musicians from across the board – a veritable Who’s Who of the Edinburgh scene – and attracted a sell-out audience.
A dynamic set by the Dexters, White’s band from the 1980s, led by MacEwan, whipped the crowd into festive mood: a bawdy, funky Let the Good Times Roll establishing the party atmosphere that characterised the evening’s proceedings. Singer-guitarist Stevey Hay took the reins for a funky, bluesy set which featured some electrifying guitar work from Neil Warden, notably on Got My Mojo Working.
There were quieter moments too, courtesy of a gorgeous duet on the ballad Nancy With the Laughing Face, by tenor saxophonist Julian Arguelles and Brian Kellock, and a poignant song, Dear Mr White, written by saxophonist Bobby Heatlie Sr. who joined MacEwan and Co to perform it.
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