Saturday 7th September
The Jazz Centre UK
Beecroft Art Gallery,
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The great British Trumpeter Ian Hunter-Randall began his career with Len Barton’s ‘Alexander’s Jazzmen’ in 1962, but his first extended musical tenure came with clarinettist Monty Sunshine from 1964-67, before his longest partnership of all, with Terry Lightfoot’s bill-topping Jazzmen. With Lightfoot, he would tour, record prolifically and broadcast on radio and TV from 1967 - 1990 when Lightfoot retired. Thereafter, he freelanced with clarinettist Pete Allen as well as forming his own band shortly after); then joined drummer Laurie Chescoe’s Good Time Jazz Band from 1995. It was a shock to the British Traditional jazz scene when a fatal heart attack ended his life in 1999.
As a fellow trumpeter, I first became aware of Ian’s formidable talents on broadcasts in the mid-1960s and in 1971 heard him live for the first time at London’s 100 Club with Lightfoot. His ability to produce anything from lyrically reflective solos to boiling hot up-tempo trumper lead and solo outings(listen to ‘Undecided’ here - track 1!) was matched by his formidable technique which, at it’s peak, separated him from all but a very few Traditional jazz trumpeters in (and no doubt beyond) the UK.
This twentieth anniversary is the perfect opportunity to recall the outstanding talents of Ian Hunter-Randall. A modest, charming and very handsome man, this collection is an overdue reminder of his formidable solo talents.