Humphrey l.yttleton. trumpeter. handleader. writer. and broadcaster. is one of the enduring institutions on the British

mainstream jazz scene. If that makes him sound like something of a museum piece. it gives a distinctly false impression. As KENNY MA'I‘I IIIiS( ).\' diseov ered. the l.yttleton hand have heen in the front rank for over forty years precisely hecause they have remained

open to new influences. from hlues to hop.

‘l '\e always tended to get upon a stage. look around. and see w ho is around me. and then let the music

dey elop from that.‘ Ilumph explained. 'I've always felt that was a

hetter idea than trying to mould them into a pre-determined pattern. “e have always played a lot of hlttes. especially since Stan (ireig has heen in the hand. I'm a mainstream trumpet play er. and my emhouchure

is not rigged to handle hehop

playing. hut w e now have the new input from Alan Barnes as well. who is more ol a hop player. I think the

strength ol new British jazz lies in the

willingness ol the players to adapt.‘

Barnes. w ho replaced the

inimitahle Bruce 'l‘urner (once lahelled ’l'he I)irty' Bopper hy indignant tiatl fans in Birmingham in the early l‘lfills. a sohriquet he used with glee as a record title) on tenor saxophone. makes his Iidinhurgh dehut with the group when they pay

trihute to the music of Duke

IilIington. the man I lumph once descrihed as ‘the patron saint of all ; touring jazz musicians.‘

l.ytt|eton has rarely heen tempted to approach his music in an academic spirit. despite an occasional project

like his speculative attempt to recreate the likely sound of jail! pioneer Buddy Bolden. who never recorded. Nonetheless. he did recall an early project which involved a strong Scottish connection.

‘I did once try to recreate the feeling ofthc King()liver Band.l have always felt the other hands who did that have missed the point. hecause they used the two cornets together. whereas Louis Armstrong and ls'ing()liver actually played almost independently ofeach other. The nearest I got to that was a record I made with Sandy Brown and Al

I‘airweather in the 1950s.

‘I was envious of Al‘s trumpet playing. the way he captured the early Armstrong sound everyone was alter then. and we got quite close to the right feel. even though we were using trumpets rather than cornets. I’arlophone were very good at that time I did a record more or less every month. and hecause they didn‘t know anything ahout jazz. they tended to support whatever daft

idea I came up with!’

Hump/trey [.vII/t’lmz Bum]. lidin/im'g/t Queen 'v Hull. BSA/Nil.


The programme for this year's higgest-ever (ilasgow International Jazz Festival will he announced on 25 April. The Festival runs from 23 June to 2 July; venues include the Theatre Royal. the 'I'ramway. RSAMI). Third Eye ('entre and the (if’I'. with one-offeventsat Kelvingrove Park. the Ilenry Wood Hall. and (ilasgow Cathedral.

w here (‘omposer in Residence John Surman will perform a specially commissioned ('horal piece with the Phoenix


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on the closing night. I Problems with the wholly inappropriate Late Night (‘luh venue at the Ilospitality Inn willhe resolved hy a change of ! locale. while the (‘Iuh will feature a considerahly heeled-up programme. The Festival hrochure w ill he availahle late May; phone (MI 236331): to resery e your copy. 'I‘ickets for'I‘heatre Royal concertsandthe(‘horal I Premiere are on sale from ZSApril(hookingsonIMl :


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