Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson, National Jazz Festival, Richmond - 1962 004
Pages 4 and 5 of a programme for the National Jazz Festival, at the Richmond Athletic Ground, 28th and 29th July 1962. Page 4 profiles the career and musical style of Humphrey Lyttelton, with performances for the Saturday afternoon listed on page 5.
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HUMPHREY LYTTELTON: (tpt, ten hrn, fig hrn,): Bom Windsor, Eton 23/ 5/1921: Played initially with George Webb's Dixielanders: Own group from 1948: Accompanied Bechet, Condon, Rushing, Clayton and Broonzy: Once
leading traditionalist now in vanguard oof âmainstream' movement: First U.S. tour Sep. 1959: Author of âI Play As I Please' and âSecond Chorus': Old Etonian, nephew of Viscount: Noted journalist, critic, cartoonist, writer: Address â8 Great Chapel Street, London W.I.: Recording for Columbia (Landsdowne): AgencyâLyn Dutton:
JJUMPHREY Lyttelton labours under a surfeit of talents. Not only Britain's leading jazz trumpet player, he is also a cartoonist of startling originality, a witty and sardonic journalist, an occasional clarinetist, an urbane compere and a thoroughly independent thinker. That he is also an old Etonian with family ramifications into the British Upper Crust is something which has tempted the popular press to overlook his other and greater virtues.
Beginning as a traditionalist, he has progressed musically in much the same way as jazz itself, first through orchestras of various sizes and sounds and then on to a swinging small-group style now generally described as Mainstream.
The first part of his very successful autobiography was called âI Play as I Please", a phrase that would be an idle boast on many another musicianâs lips. But with Humph, and all the groups he has led, the words are simply true. Quite undeterred by fashion, he has grown out of the stuffy limits set by the purists and resisted the financial temptations of joining the British Traditionalists. The group he has now plays a freely swinging, stomping, nearly unclassifiable brand of jazz.
The current lineup is Humph, usually on trumpet but sometimes on fluegel horn and tenor horn I he is not above the occasional scrape of the guirro, either), Danny Moss on tenor sax, Joe Temperley on tenor or baritone, lan Armit (piano), Pete Blannin (bass) and drummer Eddie Taylor. A sextet, but they go like a big band.
About half the British jazz names of any note and worth have played with Lyttelton in one or othei of his bands. Among them are Bruce Turner, Keith Christie. Johnny Parker, Jack Fallon, Brian Brocklehurst, Tony Coe, Jimmy Skidmore, Kathy Stobart, Wally Fawkes, â â John Picard and Jim Bray. One of the British elite to have gained international recognition. Humph can look over the whole scene with a certain indulgent good humour. Having attended the rebirth of British jazz in the forties, he is one of the few of the products of those days to have truly evolved with the music.
2 to 6 p.m.
BRUCE TURNER JUMP BAND
BRUCE TURNER (alto and clarinet), JOHNNY CHILTON (trumpet), PETE STRANGE (trombone), JIM BRAY (bass), COLIN BATES (piano), JOHNNY ARMITAGE (drums).
TONY COE QUINTET
TONY COE (alto, clarinet and tenor), JOHN PICARD (trombone), COLIN PURBROOK (piano), SPIKE HEATLEY (bass), DEREK HOGG (drums).
KEITH CHRISTIE WALLY FAWKES HUMPHREY LYTTELTON BAND
HUMPHREY LYTTELTON (trumpet, tenor, liom and clarinet), DANNY MOSS (tenor), JOE TEMPERLEY (tenor, baritone), IAN ARMIT (piano), PETE BLANNIN (bass), EDDIE TAYLOR (drums).
FESTIVAL BIG BAND
TRUMPETS: HUMPHREY LYTTELTON, PAT HALCOX.
TROMBONES: CHRIS BARBER, JOHN PICARD.
REEDS: TONY COE, DANNY MOSS, IAN WHEELER, JOE
RHYTHM: IAN ARMIT, PETE BLANNIN, EDDIE TAYLOR.
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