Personalities | Humphrey Lyttelton | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Trumpet, clarinet, b. 1921)

Humphrey Lyttelton acquired a passion for jazz as a schoolboy at Eton and developed it in the Grenadier Guards – not a standard jazz background. His professional career began with George Webb’s Dixielanders in 1947. He led his own bands from 1948, and courted controversy in the 1950s by bringing bop musicians into his group, to the immense chagrin of traditional purists. His contribution to British jazz as a player, composer, bandleader, historian, broadcaster and writer has been a substantial one.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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