THE BIG CHRIS BARBER BAND
Chris Barber OBE is one of the last British jazz legends and an icon of traditional jazz in the UK. Together with his 10-piece band, The Big Chris Barber Band stands out as one of the finest, if not the finest, of its kind anywhere in the world. Featuring everything from New Orleans style to blues to late 20s Ellington, played with extraordinary panache and skill, you can expect songs like Bourbon Street Parade, Jubilee Stomp, When the Saints…, Ice Cream and many more.
Chris Barber is seen as the initiator of Jazz and Blues music in the 1950s and 60s. He introduced American musicians like Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, and Big Bill Broonzy to the UK and Europe. Musicians who later inspired The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, John Mayall and many others. Musicians that influenced pop music today. Over the years Chris Barber has influenced many of today's leading Jazz and Blues musicians, especially contemporary artists such as Mark Knopfler, Eric Burdon, John Mayall, The Stones, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison.
Last year Chris celebrated his 65th anniversary as leader of his band and his 60th anniversary on a full-time professional basis. For this milestone and his contributions to jazz music, he received the Special APPJAG Jazz Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in the House of Commons in London. In Stuttgart (Germany) he was awarded with a similar prize: the German Jazz Trophy.
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.
Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01905 611427