Joy Unlimited: the Sound of Harry Beckett
Joy Unlimited: the Sound of Harry Beckett

BBC Recordings [Work in progress] 

Here are all the BBC recordings that we believe Harry Beckett played on with as much detail as it's been possible to locate so far.

 

He may not have been on all the later Graham Collier sessions and some of the broadcasts may be repeats.

 

It would be great if people could see whether they have tapes of any of these performances in their private collections and fill in any missing detail!

 

And once it's finished, I will get it up here as a searchable database (and in a layout which is a bit easier to read).

Broadcast date Programme Session Band members Introduced by Titles
           
04/08/1967 Home Service – Jazz at Night Graham Collier Septet Graham Collier (double bass); Harry Beckett (trumpet); Mike Gibbs (trombone); Dave Aaron & Karl Jenkins (reeds); Philip Lee (guitar); John Marshall (drums) John Dunn  
10/01/1968 Radio 1 Jazz Club Graham Collier Septet   Humphrey Lyttelton  
03/07/1968 Radio 1 Jazz Club Graham Collier Sextet   Humphrey Lyttelton  
10/07/1968 Radio 3 Graham Collier Dozen Graham Collier (bass), John Marshall (percussion), Frank Ricotti (vibes and bongos), Kenny Wheeler (trumpet), Harold Beckett (trumpet), Henry Lowther trumpet), Dave Aaron (alto-sax), John Surman (baritone-sax and bass-clarinet), Karl Jenkins (baritone-sax), Chris Smith (trombone), Mike Gibbs (trombone), John Mumford (trombone)   Workpoints
10/11/1968 Radio 1 Jazz Club Graham Collier Septet   Humphrey Lyttelton  
19/03/1969 Radio 1 Jazz Club Graham Collier Sextet   Humphrey Lyttelton  
27/08/1969 Radio 1 Jazz Workshop The Music of Graham Collier   Derek Jewell  
17/10/1969 BBC Two – Jazz Scene at the Ronnie Scott Club (TV) Graham Collier Sextet Stan Sulzman (saxophone); Nick Evans (trombone); Harold Beckett (flugelhorn); Karl Jenkins (piano, oboe); Graham Collier (bass); John Marshall (drums) Ronnie Scott Features mostly material from Down Another Road
20/12/1969 Radio 1 Jazz Club Art Themen / Harold Beckett with the Ed Faultless Trio & The Graham Collier Sextet   Humphrey Lyttelton  
04/05/1970 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier Music   Richard Williams  
13/05/1970 Radio 2 Jazz Club Graham Collier Music featuring Harry Beckett   Humphrey Lyttelton  
30/08/1970 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier Music   Brian Priestley Where Will They Put the Blue Plaque Now?
02/11/1970 Radio 2 Jazz Club Graham Collier Music featuring Harry Beckett   Humphrey Lyttelton  
11/01/1971 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier Music   Richard Williams Mosaics
07/06/1971 Radio 2 Jazz Club Graham Collier Music Harry Beckett (trumpet / flugelhorn); Alan Wakeman (tenor / soprano sax); Bob Sydor (sax); Geoff Castle (piano); Graham Collier (bass); John Webb (drums) Humphrey Lyttelton  
05/07/1971 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier Music Harry Beckett (trumpet / flugelhorn); Alan Wakeman (tenor / soprano sax); Bob Sydor (sax); Geoff Castle (piano); Graham Collier (bass); John Webb (drums) Charles Fox Smoke-blackened Walls and Purlieus
04/10/1971 Radio 2 Jazz Club Graham Collier at the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival Harry Beckett (trumpet / flugelhorn); Alan Wakeman (tenor / soprano sax); Bob Sydor (sax); Geoff Castle (piano); Graham Collier (bass); John Webb (drums) Humphrey Lyttelton  
18/10/1971 Radio 2 Jazz Club Harry Beckett’s Flare Up   Humphrey Lyttelton  
20/05/1972 BBC2 Sounds for Saturday The John Warren Band Trumpets: Alan Downey, Henry Lowther, Harry Beckett; Trombones: Malcolm Griffiths, Geoff Perkins, Danny Almark; Saxophones: Mike Osborne, Olavo Vas, Alan Skidmore, John Warren; Piano: Gordon Beck; Bass: Harry Miller; Drums: Alan Jackson   John Warren’s own brilliant compositions and arrangements provide the framework in which the soloists in his band can improvise.
26/06/1972 Radio 2 Jazz Club Graham Collier Music   Humphrey Lyttelton  
12/01/1973 Radio 3 Jazz Workshop Graham Collier Music   Ian Carr The first broadcast of Graham's new work ‘And Now for Something Completely Different’
01/07/1973 Radio 1 Sounds of Jazz Graham Collier Music   Humphrey Lyttelton  
19/08/1973 Radio 1 Sounds of Jazz (recorded BBC Maida Vale Studios) Harry Beckett's Septet Harry Beckett (flugelhorn); Mike Osborne (alto saxophone); Alan Skidmore (tenor saxophone); John Taylor (electric piano); Chris Laurence (double bass); John Webb (drums); Frank Ricotti (percussion) Humphrey Lyttelton Cry Of Triumph; Enchanted; Spiral Feelings
08/04/1974 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier Music featuring Harry Beckett Harry Beckett (trumpet, flugelhorn), Derek Wadsworth (trombone), Ed Speight (guitar), Geoff Castle (piano), Graham Collier (double bass), John Webb (drums) Miles Kington The first broadcast performance of a new composition by Collier, Darius
06/05/1974 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Harry Beckett's Flugelhorn Workshop Harry Beckett (flugelhorn); Dave Holdsworth (flugelhorn); Ian Carr (flugelhorn); Marc Charig (flugelhorn); Mongezi Feza (flugelhorn); Ian Henry (piano / electric piano); Chris Laurence (double bass); John Webb (drums) Ken Hyder Joy Unlimited; Changes Are Still Happening
27/05/1974 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Ray Russell Quintet with Harry Beckett Ray Russell (guitar); Harry Beckett (trumpet/flugelhorn); Gary Windo (tenor sax/bass clarinet); Daryl Runswick (bass); Alan Rushton (drums/percussion) Charles Alexander Glimpses; Earth Mother
14/07/1974 Radio 1 Sounds of Jazz Graham Collier Music   Peter Clayton  
11/08/1974 BBC Radio 2 Jazz Club (Released in 2006 on My Only Desire Records) Harry Beckett's S & R Powerhouse Section Harry Beckett (trumpet, flugelhorn); Alan Wakeman (soprano and tenor saxophone); Don Weller (tenor saxophone); Brian Miller (electric piano); Paul Hart (electric bass); John Webb (drums); Robin Jones (percussion) Peter Clayton Bracelets Of Sound; Still Happy; No Time For Hello
27/07/1975 Radio 2 Sounds of Jazz Harry Beckett’s Joy Unlimited Harry Beckett (trumpet); Brian Miller (electric piano); Ray Russell (electric guitar); Steve Cook (bass guitar); John Webb (drums); Robin Jones (percussion) Peter Clayton Rings Within Rings; Not For Tomorrow For To Now; Green Stripes On Red
17/08/1975 Radio 2 Sounds of Jazz Graham Collier Music Harry Beckett (flugelhorn), Art Themen (saxophone), Derek Wadsworth (trombone), Ed Speight (guitar), Roger Dean (piano), Graham Collier (double bass), John Marshall (drums) plus Norma Winstone (voice)? Peter Clayton Clear Moon; Little Ben
22/03/1976 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier Septet   Charles Fox Triptych
05/12/1976 Radio 2 Sounds of Jazz Graham Collier Twelve Harry Beckett (trumpet, flugelhorn), Henry Lowther, Pete Duncan (trumpets), Malcolm Griffiths (trombone), Mike Page (alto saxophone), Art Themen, Tony Roberts (tenor and soprano saxophones), Roger Dean (piano), Ed Speight (guitar), Graham Collier (double bass), John Webb (drums), John Mitchell (percussion) Peter Clayton  
08/02/1977 Radio 3 Music in Our Time Graham Collier Music     New Conditions (first broadcast in this country) (An Arts Council Network Concert from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester) BBC Manchester
31/10/1977 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier Music Harry Beckett (trumpet, flugelhorn), Henry Lowther, Pete Duncan (trumpets), Malcolm Griffiths (trombone), Mike Page (alto saxophone), Art Themen, Tony Roberts (tenor and soprano saxophones), Roger Dean (piano), Ed Speight (guitar), Graham Collier (double bass), John Webb (drums), John Mitchell (percussion) Charles Fox Extracts from The Day of the Dead a portrait of Malcolm Lowry. Music by Graham Collier with a text drawn from Under the Volcano and other works by Lowry. Narrated by John Carbery.
23/04/1978 Radio 1 Sounds of Jazz Graham Collier Twelve   Peter Clayton  
26/06/1978 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier Music   Charles Fox Day of The Dead (repeat of 31/10/77 broadcast?)
20/08/1978 Radio 1 Sounds of Jazz Harry Beckett Quintet   Peter Clayton  
06/11/1978 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier with Henry Lowther Harry Beckett and Pete Duncan (trumpets and flugelhorns), faulnieman (trombone), Art Themen, Alan Wakeman and Tim Whitehead (tenor and soprano saxes), Roger Dean (pianos), Ed Speight (guitar), Jeff Clyne (bass), Ashley Brown (drums) Charles Fox October Ferry
19/03/1979 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Harry Beckett Quintet Harry Beckett (trumpet, flugelhorn); Brian Miller (keyboards); Roy Babbington (bass); Alan Jackson (drums) Charles Fox  
08/07/1979 Radio 1 Sounds of Jazz Graham Collier Sextet   Peter Clayton  
10/09/1979 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier Music   Charles Fox Chief of Rostrums and the Domino Woman
12/10/1980 Radio 1 Sounds of Jazz Harry Beckett Quintet   Peter Clayton  
23/11/1980 Radio 1 Sounds of Jazz Graham Collier Big Band   Peter Clayton  
13/04/1981 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier Music   Charles Fox New Year Song
13/07/1981 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain (recorded: BBC Studios, Maida Vale, December 16, 1980) Stan Tracey Stan Tracey (piano), Harry Beckett (trumpet, flugelhorn), Malcolm Griffiths (trombone), Jeff Daly (alto sax), Art Themen (tenor and soprano saxes), Bobby Wellins (tenor sax), Roy Babbington (bass), Clark Tracey (drums) Charles Fox Excerpts from 'Modules' by Stan Tracey: Ballad For St. Ed (14:45); Modules (13:59)
28/10/1981 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Harry Beckett Quintet Harry Beckett (trumpet / flugelhorn); Elton Dean (alto-sax / saxello); Paul Rogers (bass); Tony Marsh (drums) Charles Fox  
14/02/1982 Radio 1 Sounds of Jazz Harry Beckett Quintet Harry Beckett (trumpet / flugelhorn); Elton Dean (alto-sax / saxello); Michael Garrick (piano / elecric piano); Paul Rogers (bass); Tony Marsh (drums) Peter Clayton Symbols; Chandeliers And Mirrors; Chase Me No More
15/03/1982 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Elton Dean Quintet Elton Dean (saxello, alto saxophone), Harry Beckett (trumpet, flugelhorn), Nick Evans (trombone), Marcio Mattos (double-bass), Louis Moholo (drums) Charles Fox  
29/03/1982 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Graham Collier Music   Charles Fox  
25/07/1982 Radio 1 Sounds of Jazz Graham Collier Music   Peter Clayton  
25/10/1982 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Harry Beckett Flugelhorn Quintet George Chisholm; David De Fries; Dave Holdsworth; Ted Emmett; Harry Beckett (flugelhorns); Martin Blackwell (piano); Paul Rogers (double-bass); Tony Marsh (drums)    
01/04/1983   Harry Beckett Quintet Harry Beckett (flugelhorn); Elton Dean (alto saxophone); Martin Blackwell (piano); Paul Rogers (double bass); Tony Marsh (drums)   Images of Clarity; Pictures of You
18/04/1983 Radio 3 Jazz in Britain Dudu Pukwana’s Zila Dudu Pukwana (saxophones), Harry Beckett (trumpet, flugelhorn), Django Bates (piano), Paul Gamblin (guitar), Ernest Mothle (bass guitar), Brian Abrahams (drums), Thebe Upere (percussion), Pinise Saul (vocals) Charles Fox  
10/10/1983 Radio 3 Jazz Today Harry Beckett Quintet   Charles Fox  
31/03/1984 Radio 3 (Recorded 23rd September 1983) Stan Tracey Octet & Stan Tracey Orchestra Stan Tracey Octet: Harry Beckett, tp; Malcolm Griffiths, tb; Peter King, as; Art Themen, Don Weller, ts; Stan Tracey, p; Roy Babbington, b; Clark Tracey, d Stan Tracey Orchestra: Derek Watkins, Alan Downey, Henry Lowther, Harry Beckett, tp; Malcolm Griffiths, Chris Pyne, Geoff Perkins, tb; Peter King, Andy Mackintosh, as; Art Themen, ss, ts; Tony Coe, ts, Don Weller, ts; Ronnie Scott, ts; Stan Tracey, p, arr, cond; Roy Babbington, b; Clark Tracey, d Ronnie Scott  
01/07/1984 Radio 2 Sounds of Jazz Harry Beckett Quintet   Peter Clayton  
27/01/1985 Radio 2 Sounds of Jazz Harry Beckett Quintet   Peter Clayton  
05/02/1985 Radio 3 Jazz Today Elton Dean Quartet Elton Dean (alto saxophone/ saxello), Harry Beckett (trumpet/ flugelhorn), Marcio Mattos (bass), Joe Gallivan (drums) Charles Fox  
29/10/1985 Radio 3 Jazz Today Soldiers of the Road Harry Beckett (trumpet), Jim Dvorak (trumpet), Jon Corbett (trumpet), Nick Evans (trombone), Neil Sidwell (trombone), Evan Parker (tenor/soprano saxophone), Elton Dean (alto saxophone/saxello), Marcio Mattos (double-bass), John Mitchell (marimba), Jo Gallivan (drums/percussion) Charles Fox  
18/02/1986 Radio 3 Jazz Today John Stevens’ Freebop Annie Whitehead (trombone), Harry Beckett (trumpet/flugelhorn), Ted Emmett (trumpet), Courtney Pine (tenor/soprano saxophones), lain Ballamy (alto/tenor/soprano saxophones), Eddie Parker (flute), Nigel Moyse, (electric and acoustic guitars), Dave Marchant (electric and acoustic guitars), Nick Stephens (double-bass), Ron Herman (double-bass), John Stevens (drums) Charles Fox  
14/09/1986 Radio 2 Sounds of Jazz Harry Beckett Sextet   Peter Clayton  
06/10/1986 Radio 3 Jazz Today Harry Beckett 6 Harry Beckett (trumpet/flugelhom); Elton Dean (alto saxophone/saxello); Courtney Pine; (soprano/tenor saxophones); Tony Marsh (drums); Pete Lemer (piano); Paul Rogers; double-bass) Charles Fox  
07/08/1988 Radio 2 Sounds of Jazz Harry Beckett Quintet   Tony Russell  
04/10/1988 BBC Radio 3 The Jazz Warriors      
08/08/1991 Radio 2 Jazz Parade Harry Beckett Quartet   Peter Clayton  
26/03/1994 BBC Radio 3 Impressions Harry Beckett 's All Four One   Brian Morton Infinite Sky
15/04/1995 BBC Radio 3 A celebration of the life and work of John Stevens Includes: Evan Parker (saxophones), Harry Beckett (trumpet), Paul Rutherford (trombone), Phil Lee (guitar) and Mike Pyne (piano) Brian Morton  
06/09/1996 BBC Radio 3 In Walked Monk - A tribute to Thelonius Monk The Bruce Boardman Quintet featuring Harry Beckett Digby Fairweather  
27/11/1997 Radio 3 Jazz Notes Harry Beckett Quintet Harry Beckett (trumpet/flugelhorn); Annie Whitehead (trombone); John Burgess (flute/saxophone/clarinet); Mario Castronari (double bass); Winston Clifford (drums) Digby Fairweather  
29/02/2000 Radio 3 Jazz Notes Harry Beckett Band Harry Beckett; (trumpet); Chris Biscoe (reeds); Tony Marsh (drums); Alastair Gavin (piano); Fred Thelonious Baker (bass) Alyn Shipton  

 

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