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Salute to Humph

Wednesday 24 November 2021
8pm Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay

Humphrey Lyttelton

door £16

2021 will see the 100th anniversary of the birth of Humphrey Lyttelton, the elder statesman of British Jazz, who led the way for the jazz revival of the late 40s and 50s, and brought jazz to the mainstream with the first UK jazz record to reach the Top 20, ‘Bad Penny Blues’. Lyttelton was of course just as well-known for his broadcasting work, as the host of Radio 2’s The Best of Jazz and Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.

‘Salute to Humph’ is led by jazz trumpeter Chris Hodgkins, a stalwart of the British Jazz scene. Chris has put together an impressive ten-piece band featuring top UK and US musicians who will really do Humph’s music justice.

The programme will also include new original music based on Lyttelton’s writings and journals. The Jazz Centre in Southend holds an archive of his private papers, instruments and other ephemera, and is supporting the tour; a travelling exhibition on Humph’s life and times will accompany the band.

The tour also has the support of Susan da Costa, Humph’s long-time manager.


Chris Hodgkins – trumpet

Henry Lowther – trumpet

Charlotte Glasson – sax

Diane McLoughlin – sax

Mark Bassey – trombone

Alison Rayner – double bass

Cheryl Alleyne – drums

Alex Clarke – sax

And all the way from the USA…!

Jinjoo Yoo – piano

Wayne Wilkinson – guitar