|Tags:||jazz trumpet blues swing humphrey|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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23 May 1921, Eton, Berkshire, England, d. 25 April 2008, Barnet, London, England. Raised in an academic atmosphere (his father G.W. Lyttelton, the second son of the 8th Viscount Cobham, was a housemaster at Eton College), he taught himself to play a variety of instruments including the banjulele (a hybrid of the banjo and ukulele). His prodigious talent was spotted early and he was given formal lessons on piano and, a little later, in military band drumming. Eventually, his education took him back to Eton College, this time as a pupil. He joined the school orchestra as a timpanist but after a while drifted away from the orchestra and the instrument. At the age of 15 he discovered jazz, thanks to records by trumpeters Nat Gonella and, decisively, Louis Armstrong. By this time Lyttelton had switched to playing the mouth-organ, but, realizing the instruments limitations, he acquired a trumpet, which he taught himself to play. Forming his own small jazz band at...