Jazz legend and Harpenden publican Terry Lightfoot dies

Terry Lightfoot

Terry Lightfoot - Credit: Archant

JAZZ legend Terry Lightfoot, who was licensee of a Harpenden pub for many years, has died aged 77.

He took over The Three Horseshoes on East Common in 1978 when he decided to take a break from a lifetime of performing with his Jazzmen.

The clarinettist promoted popular jazz evenings at the pub at which fellow musicians and bands with whom he had played over the years made an appearance.

Five years later he returned to performing and continued almost up to his death from cancer last Friday at the age of 77.

Terry Lightfoot and his Jazzmen were among a host of musicians, including the late Kenny Ball, Chris Barber and Acker Bilk, who rose to prominence in the late 1950s and early 1960s, introducing jazz to a far wider audience than it had hitherto had.