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US to tribute British jazz musician Humphrey Lyttelton

British jazz musicians performing the music of Americans is reasonably commonplace but the tables will be nicely turned at the Norwich Jazz Party festival in May with a special tribute concert to Humphrey Lyttelton by a US jazz star, The Telegraph reported.
To mark five years since the death of the man known as ‘Humph’ — the jazz trumpeter and chairman of the BBC radio comedy programme I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue — acclaimed American trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso will perform a set of Lyttelton compositions and recordings, mainly from the 1950s, including Hopfrog.
Lyttleton, who died aged 86 on 25 April 2008, played and recorded with some of the great names of jazz such as Sidney Bechet and was a mainstay of the British jazz scene for decades.
Detroit-born Kellso, 48, has played with Milt Hinton and Dick Hyman and his playing has featured on numerous films including Ghost World andThe Aviatior. Kellso (below) will also be performing a set in honour of the great Henry ‘Red’ Allen.
Kellso is one of four star trumpeters at the seventh annual Norwich Jazz Party (4 May to 6 May), along with Warren Vach, Enrico Tomasso and Duke Heitger, who are performing at an event held at the The Holiday Inn, near Norwich City Airport.The festival will feature everything from solo piano jazz to a big band Duke Ellington finale and will include Jim Galloway playing the music of alto saxist Johnny Hodges. Classy saxophonist Scott Hamilton will perform a Kansas City 7 set, and Bob Wilber will be playing the music of Bechet.
The oldest jazz man at the event will be New Jersey’s 87-year-old Bucky Pizzarelli, a guitarist who has played with many of the jazz greats, including Stephane Grappelli and Benny Goodman. Last year Pizzarelli received a call from Sir Paul McCartney asking him to take a guest spot on the former Beatles star’s album Kisses On The Bottom.

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