Sunday, April 27, 2008

Humphrey Lyttelton (1921-2008)

One of the great things about England is BBC Radio 4. Clara still listens to podcasts of the Sunday news programme Broadcasting House, as well as several of the comedy and quiz programmes that run in rotation on Radio 4, such as The News Quiz (with Clara's favourite presenter, Sandy Toksvig), The Now Show, Just a Minute, and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. This last programme was chaired by the one-of-a-kind Humphrey Lyttelton, who died on Friday, two days after his 87th birthday. He was a great voice on the radio, and he told the raunchiest jokes in the most charming way, but he was first of all a jazz trumpeter. For the one or two jazz fans who read this blog, here he is introducing and playing the "Tin Roof Blues" with the Harlem Ramblers (who are from Z├╝rich, in case you're wondering). Recorded in 1978. This is my favourite kind of jazz.

1 comment:

Christopher Tassava said...

Great, great tune. And a great, great player. I know him backwards, through his performance on a Radiohead song, "Life in a Glasshouse" - where this kind of Dixielandish, big-group jazz turns into a cacophony. I'll have to dig up some of his stuff online (thus making Steve Jobs that much richer, thanks to this blog).

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