John Chilton, Jazz Trumpeter and Writer

“The Boogie Woogie Man,” George Melly & John Chilton’s Feetwarmers

John Chilton was a British jazz trumpeter, perhaps best known as the leader of John Chilton’s Feetwarmers, the backup band for singer George Melly. Their partnership lasted nearly 30 years.


With George Melly on Breakfast With Frost

In addition to being a musician, Chilton (July 16, 1932-February 25, 2016) was a prolific jazz writer and won a Grammy in 1983 for his liner notes for a Bunny Berigan album. Notes for a Lester Young record got him nominated again in 2000. Chilton’s Who’s Who in Jazz was considered one of the “essential jazz books” by none other than poet Philip Larkin, according to his obituary in The Telegraph.

“You Call It Joggin'”

Chilton also composed songs, and his “Give Her a Little Drop More” was included in the 1985 film St. Elmo’s Fire.