The Big Chris Barber Band at White Rock

Chris Barber's Jazzband
Chris Barber's Jazzband

Come celebrate with Jazz and Blues legend Chris Barber in his 65 years as a bandleader when he comes to the White Rock Theatre next month.

Inspired by the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Chris formed his first Barber New Orleans Band in 1949 at the age of19.

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.

Over the years, Chris Barber’s Jazz Band evolved into the Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band, a richly-textured eight-piece group, blending brass, reeds, and electric guitar into a unique and unmistakable mix of blues and jazz.

Having performed more than 10,000 concerts and made thousands of recordings, the Chris Barber Band keeps marching on, right into the 21st century.

At the end of 2001 Chris extended his band with three more musicians into The BIG Chris Barber Band.

Chris Barber this year celebrates his diamond Jubilee as a leader of his band on a full-time professional basis.

He leads his 10-piece band, with its seven-strong front line, playing a wide selection of his favourite music.

Tickets cost £20. Call the White Rock’s box office on 01424 462288.