Preview: BIG Chris Barber Band tour




Trombonist Chris Barber will be celebrating 70 years as a bandleader with a series of autumn dates for the BIG Chris Barber Band

The musical career of British trombonist Chris Barber (pictured right by Luc Lodder) started in 1949. In celebration of his 70th year as a performing musician and bandleader and his 65th as a professional bandleader he’ll be taking his 10-piece BIG Chris Barber Band on a short tour this autumn.

Barber’s career as a professional bandleader started in 1953 when he was a founder-member of Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen with Colyer and Monty Sunshine. Since then, he’s formed decades-long partnerships with fellow musicians such as bassist Vic Pitt, guitarist John Slaughter and, most notably, trumpeter Pat Halcox, while his bands have also included drummer Pete York, guitarist/vocalist Lonnie Donegan and singer Ottilie Patterson. He’s also been active as a promoter, bringing many American blues and jazz artists to the UK – Dr John, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Louis Jordan to name just a few.

Barber has recorded extensively throughout his career, playing over 15,000 gigs across the world and scoring Top 40 hits including 1959’s Petite Fleur. His autobiography, Jazz Me Blues, was written with Alyn Shipton and published in 2014. Barber formed his BIG Chris Barber Band in 2000 by expanding the line-up of his Jazz & Blues Band and it became a permanent unit in the following year. The band features arranger Bob Hunt on trombone alongside Barber, Bert Brandsma on clarinet, John Day on bass and John Watson on drums (although the line-up for the tour dates is yet to be confirmed).

The BIG Chris Barber Band 70th Anniversary celebratory tour dates are as follows:

9 September – St George’s, Bristol
18 September – Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
19 September – The Stables, Wavendon
20 September - Buxton
21 September – Cadogan Hall, London
7 October – The Mill, Sonning

For more information on these dates please go to the Chris Barber webpage.

Bruce Lindsay


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