born on 11/2/1937 in Nottingham, East Midlands / England, United Kingdom
died on 11/10/2014 in Bexhill-On-Sea, South East England, United Kingdom
Brian Lemon (11 February 1937 – 11 October 2014) was a British jazz pianist and arranger.
Lemon was born in Nottingham, UK. He moved to London in the mid-1950s to join Freddy Randall's group. After that he worked with a variety of groups including those of George Chisholm and Kenny Baker. Over the years, he also worked with Benny Goodman, Charlie Watts, Scott Hamilton, Buddy Tate, Milt Jackson, Ben Webster and Digby Fairweather. He also had his own octet which played songs by Billy Strayhorn.
Lemon recorded a sequence of 27 CDs for the Zephyr label over 10 years from 1994, though not always as leader. Zephyr was set up by the retired businessman John Bune, and was initially established with the sole intention of documenting Lemon's work. Lemon retired from music around 2005 after the development of severe osteoarthritis in his hands.
- As leader/co-leader
- 1970: Brian Lemon Ensemble: Our Kind Of Music (77 Records) with Ray Crane, tp; John Picard, tb; Sandy Brown, cl; Bruce Turner, as, ts, sop; Tony Coe, ts; Brian Lemon, p; Dave Green, b; Bobby Orr, dr
- 1995: But Beautiful - Brian Lemon Quartet. (Zephyr Records)
- 1996: Over The Rainbow - Brian Lemon Quartet with Derek Watkins (Zephyr Records)
- 1997: A Beautiful Friendship - Brian Lemon and Roy Williams Quintet (Zephyr Records) (British Jazz Awards Best CD 1997)
- 2001: My Shining Hour - Brian Lemon Trio (Zephyr Records)
- As sideman
- 1989: Cookin'
- 1990: Charly Antolini Meets Dick Morrissey
- 1993: The Great British Jazz Band (Candid Records)
- 1993: In Town- Spike Robinson album (Hep Jazz)