Known for his passionate and driving approach to jazz that swings hard, 24-year-old drummer David Lyttle has been hailed as one of the most significant musicians to have emerged in Ireland in recent years.
He has performed professionally in Ireland, the US, Canada, Britain and Europe, with a wide variety of internationally acclaimed artists, including Greg Osby, David Liebman, JeanToussaint, Tommy Smith, Jaleel Shaw, Soweto Kinch, Jonathan Kreisberg and Louis Stewart. Touring with the David Lyttle Group for the second time is US trumpet great Terell Stafford, with hard-swinging original music by Lyttle and Stafford being featured. Also in the group is leading young Irish guitarist Mark McKnight, and the prominent Dublin residing Australian bassist Damian Evans.
New York trumpet ace Terell Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Known for being a gifted and versatile player with a voice all his own, Stafford combines lyricism and a deep love of melody with a spirited, adventurous edge. This uniquely expressive, well-defined musical talent allows Stafford the ability to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads.
Stafford has worked in the groups of McCoy Tyner, Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Jon Faddis, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, Wycliffe Gordon and Matt Wilson. He has also performed with the Mingus Big Band, Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and is currently a member of the Grammy-nominated Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Clayton Brothers Quintet and Trumpet Summit, with Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis. Stafford appears on over forty albums as a sideman, including Diana Krall’s Grammy-nominated ‘From This Moment On’ (2006), and has released four albums as a leader, featuring musicians of the calibre of Mulgrew Miller, Steve Wilson, Dick Oatts and Derrick Hodge.
The press on David Lyttle:
“…notably assured technique, greased lightning reflexes and an unfailing sense of swing…a prolific composer too.” Jazzwise (UK)
“…a drummer of real talent.” – All About Jazz (USA)
“… such discretion and awareness…with a tonal sense that’s as refreshing as it is creative.” – The Herald (UK)
“…one of the busiest musicians on the island.” – The Sunday Tribune
“…a rapidly maturing talent, who is already highly accomplished both as a musician and as a composer.” – The Irish News
“…one of the most significant and interesting figures on the Belfast music scene…” – Hot Press