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The BIG Chris Barber Band

Chris Barber's 67th anniversary

Venue: Cadogan Hall


Chris Barber
trombone, vocals
Bob Hunt
trombone, trumpet
Mike ‘Magic’ Henry
trumpet, cornet
Peter Rudeforth
Trevor Whiting
Nick White
Bert Brandsma
clarinet, tenor sax
Joe Farler
banjo, guitar
Jackie Flavelle
string bass, bass guitar
John Watson

Chris Barber OBE is one of the last British jazz legends around and an icon of traditional jazz in the UK. This year he celebrates his 67th anniversary as leader of the band and his 62nd year with them on a full-time professional basis. Inspired by the ‘King Oliver Creole Jazz Band’, Chris formed his first band in 1949 at the age of 19 and has since gone on to become one of Europe’s most successful and influential band leaders.

The Big Chris Barber Band features everything from New Orleans to blues to late 20s Ellington and Sidney Bechet, played with extraordinary panache and skill. Including songs like Bourbon Street Parade, Jubilee Stomp, Petite Fleur, Ice Cream, When the Saints, and many more.

His band stands out as one of the finest, if not the finest, of its kind anywhere in the world. You can count on an exciting evening of high quality jazz and blues which will appeal in equal measure to the aficionado and the newcomer.

Chris is the main inspiration for well-known British pop and rock, and the band is respected by many jazz, blues and pop musicians including Van Morrison, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Mark Knopfler and many more…

“Without Chris the Stones and the Beatles wouldn’t be where they are now.” (Bill Wyman)

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