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09 May 2008

Humphrey Lyttelton, in memoriam

In his later years, Humphrey Lyttelton was probably best known as the impossibly dry compère of BBC Radio 4's comedy panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, and for his jazz programme on BBC Radio 2.  But many will also have known him as a talented solo trumpeter and touring jazzband leader over many decades.  In this 1984 interview with Lawrence Stapely, Humph discusses his musical influences, the history of jazz in both Britain and America, the uneasy relationship between intellectualism and spontaneity in jazz, and the need for a national jazz archive.

Please note that this recording has a 30 second audio reference tone at the start.

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