Big band centenary tribute for jazz legend

Torbay Weekly

Torquay's Livermead Cliff Hotel is the venue for an international jazz band bonanza.

Local music promoter Fougou Music is presenting an evening of big band music with a tribute to the music of Humphrey Lyttelton.

“Salute to Humphrey Lyttelton” celebrates the 100th anniversary of Lyttelton’s birth and showcases his life, times and music.

Led by jazz trumpeter and life-long fan, Chris Hodgkins, a 10-piece ensemble of jazz musicians from the UK and USA are touring the UK in November 2021 in celebration of the legendary trumpeter, band leader and BBC broadcaster.

They are at the Livermead on Wednesday November 24 (8pm).

Throughout his career, he blazed a trail with diverse presentations of jazz music and unique collaborations. In 2002, he performed in front of 42,000 people and recorded with Radiohead, engaging an entirely new audience with his music and providing a rare platform for fellow jazz musicians to play on a world stage.

In addition to his influential role as leader of the jazz revival, Lyttelton, affectionately known as “Humph”, was also a much-loved broadcaster, hosting BBC Radio 2’s ‘Best Of Jazz’ programme for many years, as well as BBC Radio 4’s hugely successful and still running) comedy show ‘I’m Sorry, I Haven’t A Clue’ (later hosted by Jack Dee).

The Salute to Humphrey Lyttelton Tour is supported by public funding from Arts Council England.

Further information is available on the Fougou Music website