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Humphrey Lyttelton

Much-loved broadcaster Humphrey Lyttelton spearheaded the postwar traditional jazz revival in Britain. Ken Clarke talks to Alyn Shipton about the influential trumpeter.

Ken Clarke MP profiles great jazz musicians of the 20th century.

Many Radio 4 listeners knew 'Humph' as the hilariously deadpan chairman of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. But the much-loved broadcaster was also an exemplary and influential jazz musician. Louis Armstrong dubbed him 'the top trumpet man in England today', and not without reason. A master of his instrument as well as several others, he spearheaded the post-war traditional jazz revival in Britain, later forming his own band that set the standard for British jazz for several decades.

Friend and fellow BBC jazz presenter Alyn Shipton joins Ken in the studio to discuss Britain's most important jazz musician.

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Sat 16 Jan 2010 15:30

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Music Played

  • Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band

    Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider

    Composer: E Leonard, E Munson

    • Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band 1960/63.
    • Dixie Gold 838 764-2.
    • 3.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band

    One For Buck

    Composer: Lyttelton

    • Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band 1960/63.
    • Dixie Gold838 764-2.
    • 16.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band

    Bad Penny Blues

    Composer: Lyttelton

    • Bad Penny Blues.
    • Lake CD 238.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton

    Vox Humana

    Composer: Lyttelton

    • Delving Back with Humph.
    • Esquire ESQ 310.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band

    Careless Love

    Composer: Lyttelton

    • Just About As Good As It Gets.
    • Smith SCCD 1142 .
  • Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band

    Wally Plays the Blues

    Composer: Wally Fawkes

    • Humph at the Conway.
    • Calligraph.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band

    That's The Blues Old Man

    Composer: J Hodges

    • Classic Live Concerts.
    • Lake 253.
  • Humphrey Lyttleton Big Band with Jimmy Rushing

    St Louis Blues

    Composer: WC Handy, arr Lyttelton/Coe

    • The Humphrey Lyttelton Big Band with Jimmy Rushing.
    • Upbeat, URCD174.
  • Buck Clayton with Humphrey Lyttelton & his Band

    The Green Tiger

    Composer: Clayton

    • Le Vrai Buck Clayton.
    • Lake LACD227.
  • Buck Clayton with Humphrey Lyttelton & his Band

    The Wrestler's Tricks

    Composer: Lyttelton/Ade

    • Le Vrai Buck Clayton.
    • Lake LACD227.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band

    Me and Buck

    Composer: Lyttelton

    • Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band 1960/63.
    • Dixie Gold838 764-2.
    • 15.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band

    Fidgety Feet

    Composer: trad

    • 21 Years On.
    • Polydor2, 661 001.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band

    Basin Street Blues

    Composer: Williams, arr Eddie Harvey

    • British Jazz.
    • Star Sounds 3706.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton

    Movin' and Groovin'

    Composer: Bob Wilber

    • Movin’ and Groovin’.
    • Black Lion BLCD760504.
    • 7.
  • Radiohead

    Life in a Glasshouse

    Composer: Radiohead

    • Amnesiac.
    • EMI 7243 5 32764 2 3.
    • 11.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band

    Humph!

    Composer: Jo Fooks

    • Cornucopia 3.
    • Calligraph Records CLG CD 046.
    • 11.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band

    Prelude to a Kiss

    Composer: Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / Harry Carney

    • Cornucopia 3.
    • Calligraph Records CLG CD 046.
    • 4.
  • Humphrey Lyttelton

    South Winds

    Composer: Harry South

    • Movin’ and Groovin’.
    • Black Lion BLCD760504.
    • 10.

Broadcasts

  • Tue 12 Jan 2010 13:30
  • Sat 16 Jan 2010 15:30