DAVID Lyttle – musician, producer, songwriter, and a household name in Irish jazz – will perform at the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival on May 3.
Lyttle, whose latest album Interlude was a mix of hiphop and soul which helped him acquire clout as an urban artist, will return to straight-up jazz for the gig, which will see him on drums, accompanied by pianist Jason Rebello and bassist Damien Evans.
Born in Waringstown, Lyttle grew up in a musical family, picking up his first drum kit aged four. As a teenager he decided he wanted to be a DJ, then got into jazz and, inspired by the likes of Art Blakey who provided percussion for Miles Davis among others, began concentrating on jazz drums, aiming for a style full of “soul, power and swing”. What made him first fall in love with jazz then?