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A Salute to Humphrey Lyttelton  

Thursday 18th November – Sunday 5th December 2021

A Salute to Humphrey Lyttelton

The “Salute to Humphrey Lyttelton” is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Humphrey Lyttelton’s birth and to showcase his wonderful life, times and music.

Created by jazz trumpeter and life-long fan, Chris Hodgkins, the tour will highlight how Humphrey Lyttelton led the way for the jazz revival of the late 40’s and 50’s  and brought jazz to the mainstream with the first UK jazz record to reach the Top20, ‘Bad Penny Blues’.

Affectionately known as “Humph”, he was of course just as well-known for his broadcasting work, as the host of Radio 2’s The Best of Jazz and Radio 4’s ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’.

To do justice to Humph’s life and heritage, Chris Hodgkins, himself a stalwart of the British jazz scene, has put together an impressive ten-piece band featuring top UK and US musicians.

The band features,  Chris Hodgkins – trumpet, Henry Lowther – trumpet,
Charlotte Glasson – sax, Diane McLoughlin – sax, Mark Bassey – trombone
Alison Rayner – double bass, Buster Birch – drums, Alex Clarke – sax, And all the way from the USA…– sax, Jinjoo Yoo – piano, Wayne Wilkinson – guitar

The band will play many of Humphrey’s original compositions and arrangements as well as new pieces composed especially for the tour.

A travelling exhibition on Humph’s life and times will also accompany the tour and will consist of a multi-media presentation and visual archive display based on Humph’s writings and journals.

Booking Contact

Booking Contact
Ina Dittke
01273 286960
ina@inadittke.com

Tour Dates

Thursday 18th November.  Chesterfield Jazz Club 8pm Olde House, Loundsley Green Road, Chesterfield, S40 4RN https://chesterfieldjazz.wordpress.com Box Office: 07764 587258

Friday 19th November. The Queens Hall, 44 High Street, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 7AS https://narberthjazz.wales/event/salute-to-humph/  Box Office:01834 861212

Saturday 20th November. Newcastle Arts Centre, The Black Swan 67 Westgate Road, NE1 1SG https://www.newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk/ Box Office: 0191 261 5618

Sunday 21st November.   PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho , London,  8:30pm www.pizzaexpresslive.com  Box Office: 020 7439 4962

Tuesday 23rd November. St. James Church,  Church Path, Emsworth, PO10 7DP https://www.wemsfest.com/ Box Office: https://www.wegottickets.com/WemsFest

Wednesday 24th November. Fougou Jazz, Livermead Cliff Hotel, Seafront, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6RQ. 8pm https://fougoumusic.com/  Box Office: https://fougoumusic.com

Thursday 25th November. Subscription Rooms, George St, Stroud, GL5 1AE 19:45pm https://thesubrooms.co.uk/whats-on/a-salute-to-humphrey-lyttelton-219 Box Office: 01453 796880 boxoffice@thesubrooms.co.uk

Friday 26th November. Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock, PL18 9QX 8pm  https://calstockarts.org/whats-on/ Box Office: 01822 833183

Saturday 27th November.  PizzaExpress Live, Birmingham 8:30pm www.pizzaexpresslive.com  Box Office: 020 7439 4962

Sunday 28th November. The Plough Arts Centre,9–11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8HQ. 7:30pm Tickets: https://www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event/salute-humphrey-lyttelton Box Office: 01805 624624

Tuesday 30th November. Watermill Jazz, Betchworth Park Golf Club, Reigate Road, Dorking. 8:30pm https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/watermilljazz http://www.watermilljazz.co.uk/   Box Office: Steve Wetherall, Tel:07415 815784
email: boxoffice@watermilljazz.co.uk

Wednesday 1st December. The Concorde Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9HQ 8:15pm  https://www.theconcordeclub.com/  Box Office:  https://www.theconcordeclub.com/product.php/1010/salute-to-humph

Thursday 2nd December. Ashburton Arts Centre, 15 West St, Devon, TQ13 7DT 7:30pm http://ashburtonarts.org.uk/  Box Office: wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

Friday 3rd December.  Jazz Jurassica, Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QB. 7:30p Tickets:www.jazzjurassica.co.uk/

Saturday 4th December. Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing, BN11 1LG 7:30pm https://wtam.uk/events/a-salute-to-humphrey-lyttelton/ Box Office – 01903 206206

Sunday 5th December. The Astor Community Theatre, Stanhope Rd, Deal, CT14 6AB 7:30pm https://theastor.co.uk/ Box Office – 01304 370 220

Chris Hodgkins International Quartet – An outstanding Anglo/American quartet led by award winning trumpet player Chris Hodgkins with 29 year old South Korean pianist from New York, Jinjoo Yoo, “one of the most exciting pianists on the scene in New York”. Wayne Wilkinson a headline guitarist, “one of the best, most underrated jazz guitarists in the USA”, and Alison Rayner on bass, winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Award 2018 for Best Ensemble.Chris Hodgkins International Quartet featuring Jinjoo Yoo (USA) + Wayne Wilkinson (USA) + Chris Hodgkins + special guest Alison Rayner completed a tour of England in May 2019. The tour was supported by Arts Council England, Noson Allen/Night Out, Pizza Express Live and Splash Point Jazz Club.

The tour took a fresh look at music ranging from lesser known standards to band originals plus 4 original pieces.

“This live chamber jazz album exhibits a wonderful chemistry between the trio of trumpeter Chris Hodgkins and guitarist Wayne Wilkinson. Captivating.” The Musician.

Full details are available at: http://www.chrishodgkins.co.uk/bandsgigs/

Radio stationsClick on TuneIn and for streaming click here London Jazz Radio to hear Chris with his programme Jazz Then and Now on Jazz London Radio  Chris also presents  Jazz Is….. on Pure Jazz Radio in New York. Click on Pure Jazz Radio to hear Jazz Is…….. Chris will also be playing playing selected tracks form HotHouse young musicians. Grateful thanks to Jon Eno and all at HotHouse. Chris’s programme schedule for Jazz Then And Now on Jazz London Radio can be seen at Programme Schedule

Jazz Then And Now – “It must be one of the most eclectic jazz radio shows out there.” Bill Trythall at Beaconville Music PR

Musically Chris was described by Declan Connolly of Span Arts as playing “Mature Mainstream” – a catch all phrase where anything goes.

In July 2017  Chris was appointed by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group to act as their Secretariat. Details can be found at: All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Details of the recipients of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards supported by PizzaexpressLive can be found at: Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018 and a video of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017 at the PizzaExpress Live at Holborn here and details of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019 here

Recent lobbying and position papers can be seen at: All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group

The 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards,  took place online on Tuesday 30th June 2020. Details of the recipients can be found here

Recently released two albums,  Chris Hodgkins And His Band – Retrospection and Remembering John Evans. Chris worked with John Evans for over 30 years.

Also  released  is Lenore Raphael, Wayne Wilkinson and Chris Hodgkins at PizzaExpress Live, Dean Street, London, The album was  launched,  with special guest Alison Rayner, at the PizzaExpress, lunchtime on the 11th November as part of the London Jazz Festival 2017.  Two new album releases are planned for Autumn 2021.

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Chris has  published on the  Music Business Resource  page a free download Where do you want to be – a business planning manual for jazz music students and musicians. Also on the Online Music Business Resource are three additions; the Guide To Marketing Your Band Funding Tips, Guide To Getting Your Music On The Radio,  which have  been revised September 2017 and two recent publications the Guide To Music Organisations– Including Copyright, royalties and IRCSs and A Quick Guide to Contracts for Jazz Musicians all are available as free downloads on the  Online Music Business Resource page.

A new publication We Love You Madly – A Concise Guide To Good Communications is available free here

Chris has signed up to the website developed by Emily Saunders  at: http://jazzconnects.com/ An excellent venture and information jazz site that needs your support. Please sign up.

Chris plays the Eclipse Celeste trumpet – https://eclipsetrumpets.com/

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