David Lyttle (NI)

SJP is happy to welcome David Lyttle back to the faculty. He brings much more to the project than his drumming skills. David is also a recording artist, songwriter, composer and record label owner. David will be leading an ensemble and is available for one-to-one sessions during the week for anyone needing advice about career matters in the music business.
“Notably assured technique, greased lightning reflexes and an unfailing sense of swing…a prolific composer too.” — Jazzwise
“…sophisticated and sharp…one of the best listening experiences you’re likely to have all year.” — Rolling Stone
Born Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, MOBO Award and Urban Music Award-nominated David Lyttle shifts seamlessly between the personas of jazz drummer, recording artist, composer, producer and record label owner. His latest album ‘Faces’ has commanded international attention since its release last year, with Rolling Stone magazine USA describing it as ‘one of the best, robust listening experiences you’re likely to have all year’. He has performed in over fifteen countries and collaborated with a range of music icons, including Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Soweto Kinch, Jean Toussaint and Talib Kweli. Heard on both specialist and mainstream radio in Ireland, the UK and the US, David has been one of the most played artists of the past twelve months on Jazz FM. He was nominated for a MOBO Award for Best Jazz last September an Urban Music Award in October.
With his record label Lyte Records David has released albums by Ari Hoenig, Jason Rebello, Jean Toussaint, Nigel Mooney, Moxie and Andreas Varady, who he discovered in 2010. David completed a PhD in Musicology at Ulster University in 2009 and has also studied at the Banff Centre in Canada and Skidmore Jazz Institute in New York. As a drummer his teachers have included Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Ari Hoenig, Ralph Peterson, Carl Allen and John Riley
David has performed in over fifteen countries and toured with Soweto Kinch, Greg Osby, Terell Stafford and Jonathan Kreisberg. His record label Lyte Records’ latest releases include albums by Jason Rebello, Jean Toussaint, Nigel Mooney and Moxie. A doctor of music, David studied at Ulster University, The Banff Centre (Canada) and Skidmore Jazz Institute (New York).