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Chris Barber OBE (aged 88) is one of the last British jazz legends around, and an icon of traditional jazz in the UK. He and his ten-piece big band will be performing at The Kings Theatre on Friday 22nd April.

The Big Chris Barber Band perform genres ranging from New Orleans styles to late-20s Ellington, played with extraordinary panache and skill. Their repertoire of songs includes the likes of Bourbon Street Parade, Jubilee Stomp, Petite Fleur, When The Saints..., and many more.

Last year, in 2014, Chris celebrated his 65th anniversary as leader of his band, and his 60s anniversary on a full-time professional basis. For this milestone, and for his many contributions to jazz, he received the Special APPJAG Jazz Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in the House of Commons.

In Stuttgart, Germany, he was awarded a similar prize — the German Jazz Trophy — and earlier this year he received a British Blues Award as Blues Great.

Many other jazz, blues, and pop musicians respect him, such as Van Morrison, John Mayall, Bill Wyman, and Mark Knopfler, who ask him regularly to join them on stage. Hugh Laurie called him his inspiration during an interview on BBC One’s The One Show.

Chris Barber is also seen as the initiator of jazz and blues music in the 1950s and 1960s, having introduced American musicians like Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Big Bill Broonzy to the UK and Europe — all musicians who later inspired The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, and many others.

Southsea audiences can expect an exciting evening of high-quality jazz and blues, appealing in equal measure to aficionados and newcomers.

The line-up for the evening comprises:

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

Tickets for the performance are £21.00 with £19.00 concessions. Book yours now through the Kings Theatre website » or by calling the playhouse box office on 02392 828 282.

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