Sunday 17 February 2013 at 7.30pm
Ticket Prices: £19.00 each
The Big Chris Barber Band
Europe's finest Traditional Jazz and Blues Band
Inspired by the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Chris formed his first Barber New Orleans Band in 1949 at the age of nineteen. In 1953, along with Monty Sunshine and Lonnie Donegan, he joined forces with Ken Colyer. Then, with the replacement of Colyer by Pat Halcox, Ken Colyer's Jazzmen became Chris Barber's Jazz Band in 1954 and has been one of Europe's most successful traditional jazz bands ever since.
Today CHRIS BARBER leads his 10-piece band, with its 7-strong front line, playing a wide selection of his favourite music: from his roots in New Orleans style in "Bourbon Street Parade" (still his signature tune) and "Chimes Blues" to the early music of Duke Ellington ("Black & Tan Fantasy" and "Jubilee Stomp")....and Sidney Bechet ( "Petite Fleur") on to the music of Bob Crosby ("Big Noise from Winnetka" and "South Rampart St Parade") and further on to blues by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee ("Cornbread, Peas and Black Molasses") to soul (Joe Zawinul's "Mercy Mercy Mercy") and soulful blues like Miles Davis' "All Blues" .... and probably back to "When the Saints"!
THE BIG CHRIS BARBER BAND combine all these ingredients into an evening of exciting and often moving Jazz and Blues music, great entertainment for all