Henry Lowther (musician)

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Thomas Henry Lowther (born 11 July 1941, Leicester, Leicestershire) is an English jazz trumpeter.

Leicester City and unitary authority in England

Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and close to the eastern end of the National Forest.

Leicestershire County of England

Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. The county borders Nottinghamshire to the north, Lincolnshire to the north-east, Rutland to the east, Northamptonshire to the south-east, Warwickshire to the south-west, Staffordshire to the west, and Derbyshire to the north-west. The border with most of Warwickshire is Watling Street.

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States. It originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".

Lowther's first experience was on cornet in a Salvation Army band. He studied violin briefly at the Royal Academy of Music but returned to trumpet by 1960 though he sometimes played violin professionally. In the 1960s, he worked with Mike Westbrook [1] (beginning in 1963 and continuing into the 1980s), Manfred Mann, John Dankworth (1967–77), Graham Collier (1967), John Mayall (1968), John Warren (1968 and subsequently), Neil Ardley (1968) and Bob Downes (1969). Many of these associations continued into the 1970s. Lowther appeared for some time with The Keef Hartley Band during this period. The 1970s brought work with Mike Gibbs (1970–76), Kenny Wheeler (from 1972), Alan Cohen (1972), Michael Garrick (1972–73), Kurt Edelhagen (1974), John Taylor (1974), Stan Tracey (1976 onwards), Tony Coe (1976), Hawkwind Just one track Psi Power on their eighth studio album 25 Years On (1977), Graham Collier (1976–78), Jubiaba with Barbara Thompson (1978) and Gordon Beck (1978), in addition to his own ensemble, Quaternity. Lowther also played the trumpet solo for Elton John on "Return to Paradise" for John's 1978 album A Single Man.

Cornet musical instrument

The cornet is a brass instrument similar to the trumpet but distinguished from it by its conical bore, more compact shape, and mellower tone quality. The most common cornet is a transposing instrument in B, though there is also a soprano cornet in E and a cornet in C. All are unrelated to the renaissance and early baroque cornett.

The Royal Academy of Music in London, England, is the oldest conservatoire in the UK, founded in 1822 by John Fane and Nicolas-Charles Bochsa. It received its Royal Charter in 1830 from King George IV with the support of the first Duke of Wellington. It is one of the leading conservatoires in the UK, rated fourth in the Complete University Guide and third in the Guardian University Guide for 2018. Famous Academy alumni include Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox.

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He worked with Buzzcocks in 1980, Talk Talk from 1983 to 1991, with Peter King from 1983, and with Gil Evans in 1984. In 1986 he worked with Humphrey Lyttelton in his reconstruction of the John Robichaux Orchestra for a documentary film on Buddy Bolden. He played with Charlie Watts's band in 1986-87, then led his own band, Still Waters, in 1987. From the late 1980s he did much work in big bands, such as the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (1989–93), the London Jazz Composers Orchestra (1989-96), Kenny Wheeler's group (1990), The Dedication Orchestra (1994), the London Jazz Orchestra (1994), George Russell's Living Time Orchestra, and the Creative Jazz Orchestra (1996) and recently in a new band Jazzmoss. [2]

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Discography

With Elf

With Jack Bruce

With the Collective Consciousness Society

With Graham Collier

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With Bryan Ferry

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With the Keef Hartley Band

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With Murray Head

With Glenn Hughes

With John Mayall

With Elton John

With Van Morrison

With the Pretenders

With Slapp Happy

With John Surman

With Talk Talk

With Richard and Linda Thompson

With Loudon Wainwright III

With Hawkwind

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References

  1. "Celebrating a Landmark Birthday in Jazz Style; Henry Lowther Is Marking His 60th Birthday in Birmingham". Questia Online Library. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  2. "What's On: Music, Film, & Things To Do in Birmingham". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2014-06-28.

Fairweather/Adams/Kernfeld, "Henry Lowther". Grove Jazz online.