Narrated By: Humphrey Lyttelton, June Knox-Mawer
Duration: 1 hour and 54 minutes
What to expectHumph – bandleader, cartoonist, writer, chairman of BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, president of the Society for Italic Handwriting and doyen of jazz trumpeters. In conversation with June Knox-Mawer, Humphrey Lyttelton reflects on his extraordinary life; from schooldays at Eton and playing out ‘Roll Out the Barrel’ outside Buckingham Palace on VE Day, to the formation of his band in 1948 and his emergence as ‘the godfather of British jazz’. In his incredibly varied career he was a cartoonist for the Daily Mail, a journalist for Punch and even formed his own record company. In this recording he shares his joy of music with his beloved humour. It’s a wry, witty and wonderful story told in his characteristically urbane style and peppered with some of his own great jazz favourites.
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