b. Stanley Mackay Grieg, 12 August 1930, Edinburgh, Scotland. A gifted pianist and competent drummer, Greig began playing in his home town where his school friends and fellow musicians included Al Fairweather and Sandy Brown. He played both piano and drums with Brown in the mid-to late 40s and by the mid-50s was established on the London jazz scene, working mostly in traditional jazz groups. Until the late 60s he primarily played drums but thereafter was heard more often on piano, the instrument with which he found his true, distinctive voice. Once again he stayed mostly in the traditional repertoire but also formed and led the London Jazz Big Band, in which Fairweather also played. In the late 80s he was with Humphrey Lyttelton with whom he had first played in the mid-50s. A solid, blues-based pianist, Greig is an exceptionally interesting soloist and as a band member knows few equals in his field. Rhythmically forceful, perhaps as a result of his drumming, he enhances every rhythm section in which he works.
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