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British jazz trombonist Chris Barber celebrates his 64th year as a bandleader in 2013. 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.
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. And despite being 'on the slide' since 1949, having performed over 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.
| The Current Line-Up of the Big Chris Barber Band (as
of Nov. 26th, 2017)
|For biographies of each of the band members
and photos go to the Big Chris Barber Band page.
|current personnel (November
a new picture with the lineup as from Nov.
2017 will be provided as soon as possible.
Barber - trombone, vocals, bandleader
Bob Hunt - trombone, trumpet,
Mike Henry - trumpet, cornet
Rudeforth - trumpet, vocals
Nick White - alto,
soprano & baritone saxophones, clarinet
Ian Killoran - alto
tenor saxophones, clarinet
Bert Brandsma - clarinet,
tenor & bass saxophones
Joe Farler - banjo, guitar
John Day -
John Watson - drums
Becky Evans - sound and
|Band picture (January 2018)
- copyright Ben Houdijk Photography
From left to right:
Nick White, John Day, Ian Killoran,
Bert Brandsma, John Watson, Peter Rudeforth, Mike Henry, Joe
Farler, Bob Hunt, Chris Barber
|Band picture (January
A new band picture has rencently
been shot and the rights have been bought by Bert Brandsma. From
left to right:
Nick White, Trevor Whiting, Jackie Flavelle
(hidden), Bert Brandsma, Pete Rudeforth, Gregor Beck, Mike Henry,
Bob Hunt, Joe Farler and Chris Barber
The January 2015 line-up
Photo by John Hurd,
10.01.2015 from the Bad Godesberg Concert
From left to right:
Nick White, Trevor Whiting, Bert Brandsma, Jackie Flavelle (hidden),
Peter Rudeforth, Mike Henry, Gregor Beck (hidden), Bob Hunt, Joe
Farler (hidden), Chris Barber
Sandy Letham sent us these 2 great photos from the 2013 concert at
Ronnie Scott's Club in London
|The Big Chris Barber Band
in April 2013
(Nieder-Olm / Germany)
Richard Exall (clarinet and baritone & alto saxes), Amy Roberts
(clarinet and alto & tenor saxes, flûte),
Jackie Flavelle (bass & bass
guitar), Bert Brandsma (clarinet & tenor sax), Peter Rudeforth (trumpet),
Gregor Beck (drums), Mike Henry (trumpet & cornet), Bob Hunt (trombone
& trumpet), , Chris Barber (trombone),
Joe Farler (banjo & guitar)
remember the double LP of 1974 called "Chris Barber in
Concert - featuring Ray Nance and Alex Bradford"? This
double LP featured a picture of the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues
Band from the behind. Helge Lorenz took a
similar picture in Hamburg on October 22, 2016 and we are
happy to present this "reissue" here. Thanks Helge, for your
permission to present this foto.
March 6, 2017
Go to the New and Recent Releases page for more details and other recent releases.
Barber in Detroit - Chris Barber's Jazz Band
Lake Records LACD
This is a reissue of the 1959 recording, but in a far
better sound quality. Listen to excerpts and read our short
Read more and
listen to the clips here.
Eddie Bo & Chris Barber - The 1991 Sea Saint Session
Proper Records LMCD 203
Proper Records announces
the release of a CD with Chris Barber, playing with Eddie Bo and
other blues musicians, recorded April 11 & 12, 1991 in New
Go to the
Proper Records website and/or listen to excerpts of the CD at
I have not yet received my copy so a review
will be done later.
Remembering Ian Wheeler
Lake Records LACD 349
After "Remembering Pat" and "Remembering Monty" Paul
Adams has now published his newest double CD set, dedicated to the
life and work of Ian Wheeler (1931 - 2011)
Read more and
listen to 4 clips here.
Back in Berlin 1960!
Lake Records LACD 346 - a new double CD (not a reissue!)
Here is an absolute sensation! The classic Chris Barber
Jazz Band in concert in 1960 at the Deutschlandhalle in Berlin -
do not mix it up with the wellknown 1959 concert recording!
This record is not a reissue, but - with one exception
- the complete concert recording of 1960 with Chris, Pat, Monty,
Eddy, Dick, Graham and - of course - Ottilie
read more here
Remembering Monty Sunshine
Lake Records LACD
344 - a new double CD
After the remarkable double CD set "Remembering Pat Halcox" (see below)
Lake Records and Paul Adams have again issued a new double CD, this time
featuring the clarinetist Monty Sunshine (1928 - 2010) - a CD set long overdue!
The new CD set covers Monty's work from 1953 till 1984 and is
a palmares of the Britsh Jazz Scene.
read more here
Remembering Pat Halcox - a brand new double CD
I'm sure that when you listen these days to a concert of
the Big Chris Barber Band, you will be thrilled by their great
music and sounds. But I'm also sure that you will miss a great
character and a fantastic personality and musician: Pat Halcox,
who passed away much too early on Feb 4, 2013. Now 2 years after
his death, Lake Records and Paul Adams present a brand new double
CD that covers the work of Pat Halcox, not only with Chris Barber,
but also with other well known musicians and his own group - The
Pat Halcox All Stars.
read more here
For the first time on CD! - Class of 78 - The Chris Barber
Jazz & Blues Band
Paul Adams / Lake Records have
issued the Intercord/Black Lion three LP-Box of 1978 as a new
double CD. To our knowledge, this is the only almost complete
concert of the short period with Sammy Rimington /reeds.
According to the date sheet, only "Bourbon Street", "At the Jazz
Band Ball" and "Goodbye" are missing from this concert. But we
will point out, that the same titles are missing too on the
original 3 LP Box!
You will find
more details here.
||A new DVD - Jazz me Blues -
A Celebration of 60 years
of Chris Barber and his Bands
Film and video recordings of 1954/1955 - 1957 - 1989 and 2005
Read more here
Jazz me Blues - The 70s
A new CD covering a part of the
period from 1972 to 1979
Althoug this CD has
the same title as the auto-biography, it is not a completion of
the book, but a very special CD that reflects much of the work of
Chris Barber as described in his book!
full review here...
3 new double CD's from Lake Records, covering the period
of 1959 - 1962
Lake Records have just
(re-)issued 3 double CD's - they replace the LACD's 185, 194, 210
and 219 - but they contain in addittion to the replaced CD's some
very interesting and previousely not issued material, eg. 3
addittional tunes from the Berlin 1959 concert
recordings that have not yet been released on CD.
further information please click on the CD covers below.
New DVD: Das Beste aus dem
35 Top Bands plus a Chris Barber Special
The German TV station ARD (Das Erste) has had a
regular and a very popular TV show called "Musikladen" in the
seventies. It was a kind of "Top of the Pops" and featuread all
the Pop Stars at that time.
here and check the fantastic Chris Barber Special with 9 great
Goin' to Town in Carlisle '94
This is # 3 in the new series "Diamond Jubilee Collection" of Lake
Records and it contains almost the complete concert of the 1954
Reunion Band and the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band of 1994 in
Carlisle (June 4, The Sands Centre)
full review here...
||Chris Barber at the London Palladium
Peter Brennecke from Germany informed us about another reissue of
a classic concert CD of the Chris Barber Jazz Band: The famous
London Palladium Concert of March 31, 1961, featuring Joe Harriot,
We have quite a few information about this
concert and earlier releases on LP or CD.
Read more here...
||THE RADIO LUXEMBOURG SESSIONS
208 Rhythm Club - Volume 1
Barber's Jazz Band
Ken Colyer's Jazzmen
The Mike Cotton
We got several mails from fans, reporting
that the Vocalion Label has issued a series of CD's with British
Bands from the sixties.
Indeed, we found a great CD, featuring
the three above mentioned Jazz Bands in 1961. These sessions were recorded for the
radio broadcast purposes and, as such, not issued commercially.
Vocalion presents all these titles on CD for the first time,
remastered from the original tapes.
See the full review here
||Chris Barber & the Clarinet Kings
This is the second in a new series of CDs from Lake
Records, “The Diamond Jubilee Collection”, featuring the 1962 band
with Edmond Hall and the 1968 band with Albert Nicholas, together
with four studio tracks with Joe Darensbourg. CD-1 begins with
Chris Barber’s American Jazz Band, recorded in New York in 1960.
These tracks run the gamut from driving swing (Down Home Rag) to a
soft and beautiful blues, especially notable for Chris’s solo
(Tishomingo Blues.) The rest of CD-1 contains eight Hall studio
recordings plus two concert recordings. Wonderful stuff! CD-2
begins with two more Hall concert tracks, followed by seven with
Albert Nicholas, while the Joe Darensbourg tracks make up the
final four. Every one of the Nicholas tracks is outstanding:
traditional jazz blues at its very best by anyone, anywhere. The
Darensbourg tracks are different in that they include only Chris
Barber and Pat Halcox from the Barber Band, together with several
well-known English musicians. All are relaxed and enjoyable. See the full review here
||Clearing the Air in Bern '92
This is a new double-CD from a concert recorded at the Kursaal
Bern / Switzerland, on 14 February 1992. Niklaus Zust, the
recording engineer, refers to the quite amusing title as follows:
"The concert from beginning to end was so overpowering that dusty
spiders-webs fell from the roof and vanished: music which cleared
the dust in every way!"
This double CD, issued by Lake
Records LACD312, is the beginning of a series entitled "The Diamond Jubilee
Collection" and will comprise several CD's from various points in
the band's history with no particular chronology or theme and will
supplement CD's already in the Lake records catalogue.
our short review of this double CD here
European Tour 2011: New Faces
This new CD covers almost a complete concert of the present Big Chris Barber Band. However, not all the recordings are from a single concert: all the recordings were made in January and February 2011 in England, Scotland and Germany. Rebecca Evans, the band's sound engineer, mixed and put together the best ones from several concerts for the CD, supported by the band's banjo player Joe Farler, known as a technical wizard. The sound quality of the live recordings is great.
The CD features the new faces among the band: David Horniblow, clarinet & saxes, since March 2010; Jackie Flavelle, bass/bass guitar, who joined the band in August 2010, but was formerly on tour with Chris Barber from 1967 to 1977; Amy Roberts, saxophone and clarinet - the outstanding young talent joined the forces of the Big Chris Barber Band in January 2011; and Gregor Beck, drums, started in April 2010 with the band. See our review of this CD here.
The list below covers
almost the last 4 years.
For a complete list of updates to the website since February 2004,
go to the News and Website Updates page.
The Chris Barber Band:
Behind the scenes
April 17, 2018
April 8, 2018
Pictures from the Big Chris Barber Band Concert
at the Apex, Bury St. Edmunds
(February 21, 2018) taken by John Bulloch
March 1, 2018 - Sad news
We got today the
very sad news that former banjo player and singer Dickie
Bishop passed away on February 25, 2018. Dickie was a member
of Chris Barber's Jazzband and Skiffle Group as well as a
member of the Lonnie Donegan Skiffle. Dickie joined the band
in April 1956 and was replaced by Eddie Smith in November
1956. He furthermore joined Chris Barber's Jazz & Bluesband
for a short period from January 1971 till beginning of March
Here is a short excerpt from a recording made in
London on April 4, 1956, where
Dick Bishops sings "We shall walk through the streets of
the city". Note that Lonnie Donegan is on banjo and Dickie
acts as vocalist. - RIP Dickie
January 26, 2018
Pictures from the Big Chris Barber Band Concert in Utrecht
(January 5, 2018) with special guest Andy Fairweather Low.
8, 2018 - Chris Barber visits the Chris Barberpad!
We have already pointed out
on April 11, 2016, that streets and avenues have been
dedicated to jazz celebrities in a new district called "New
Orleans" in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In January 2018, Chris
and the band visited this new quarter and of course stopped at
the Chris Barberpad! We have added two new images to the page.
Read more here
January 1, 2018
We wish a Happy New Year to all followers of the Big
Chris Barber Band and to all readers of this website.
We start the year 2018 with a great article about the British
Music Experience, Liverpool, written by Jason Whiton.
Jason Whiton got in contact with the
webmasters earlier in 2017, informing about the opening of
this new museum in Liverpool. Thanks Jason,
for sharing your interesting article with us.
The history of British music is steeped in
legendary figures who shaped the cultural landscape of the
world. A new museum opened in Liverpool in March, 2017 that is
devoted to this rich history.
November 30, 2017 - a change in the band
Jim Richardson, bass, who joined the Big Chris Barber Band on
October 1, 2017, has left the band at the end of November
2017. John Day, who already stepped in in
September 2017 for a few concerts, has now joined the Big
Chris Barber Band as their regular bass player. His first
appearance with Chris Barber was on November 26, 2017. We wish
Jim all the best and we warmly welcome John Day in the rhythm
section of the Big Chris Barber Band.
November 20, 2017 - We have implemented a new calendar
for tour dates of the Big Chris Barber Band
hope you will like the new calendar. It can be found either
here or via
the link in the CD-pile above (see: on
tour: forthcoming concerts)
October 26, 2017 - another short clip from the current
autumn tour, this time from Hamburg (23.10.2017)
another short clip from German TV NDR, recorded in Hamburg
on October 23, 2017.
October 24, 2017 - a short clip from the current
The Big Chris Barber Band performed on
October 22, 2017 at the Glocke in Bremen / Germany. The German
TV station ARD, Radio Bremen, published a very
short clip of that concert and can be watched
here. Note the new band members (be ready, they can be
seen for only a few seconds!) and guest blues guitar player
October 6, 2017 - Interview with Chris Barber
The British magazine "Country
Life" published in their August 30 issue an interview
with Chris Barber. You can find it
here or on this
website as a
PDF. Many thanks to the editors of Country Life for their kind
approval for publishing this article on the Chris Barber website.
September 30, 2017 - changes in the band -
actual line-up as per October 1,
- Gregor Beck, drums, has already left
in April 2017 the Big Chris Barber Band after almost 7
years in order to follow his own career in Germany. We
wish all the best to Gregor and hope to see him sometimes
in Europe, may be even in the UK
- John Watson, who used to play the UK
dates as drummer, is now the regular drummer and will be
seen regularely on the continent too.
- Trevor Whiting, reeds, has left the
Big Chris Barber Band in August 2017 to follow his own
career. We too wish him all the best for the future and we
are sure to see him somewhere in the UK or on the continent.
- Ian Killoran, reeds, has
deputised for Amy Roberts and then Trevor
Whiting on various dates from 2013-2017 before becoming a regular member
of the Big Chris Barber Band in September 2017.
welcome Ian in the front line of the Big Chris Barber Band
Jackie Flavelle, bass, has left the
Big Chris Barber Band in August 2017 due to ill health. As
you have noticed (see below), Jackie passed away on
September 25, 2017. RIP Jackie - we all miss you
- Jim Richardson, bass, starts his work
with the Big Chris Barber Band in October 2017. We warmly
welcome Jim as a regular member of the band.
September 26, 2017 - very very sad news
I was not in a position to work on this website for
about 6 months, so I unfortunately have to give you an update
with quite a few very sad news:
- Jackie Flavelle, the long time bass
player of the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band and of the
Big Chris Barber Band passed away on September 25, 2017.
Due to ill health Jackie stopped to play with the band
already in August 2017. RIP Jacky.
- Trefor Williams, bass player of the
Band from Feb. 2010 till July 2010, passed away on
September 5, 2017. RIP Trefor.
- Ron Bowden, the drummer of the
Original 1954 Chris Barber Jazz Band passed away on July
2, 2017. RIP Ron.
- Colin Miller, long time drummer of
the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band as well as of the Big
Chris Barber Band, passed away on April 21, 2017. RIP
You all will be deeply missed and our condolences go out to
the families of Jackie, Trefor, Ron and Colin.
September 25, 2017 - restart of the website work
I'm very happy to inform you that - after more than 6
months of medical treatment, 32 days at hospital etc. etc. I'm more or less
on the feet again and will restart my work on the Chris Barber
website. Thank you very much for all your e-mails, wishes,
etc. for my recovery. Hope that all will be over by spring
Andreas / webmaster - September 25, 2017
March 7, 2017 - very important information by the
Due to a longer stay at a hospital I'm temporarely not in
a position to maintain / update this website. I was searching
- already since last year - with the help of Chris Barber and
others for a person (or persons) who could step in for the
website and archival work. Unfortunately we were not
The Chris Barber website
will stay active; updates of
the tour dates will be done (as ever) by the Chris Barber Tour
Management in Holland and can be reached via
the direct clink as well as via the Chris Barber website (see
I hope to be back on duty in
late summer 2017. Many thanks for your understanding.
Andreas / webmaster - March 7, 2017
March 6, 2017 - Chris Barber in Detroit 1959
A reissue by Lake Records of the 1959 concert from Detroit -
but in a far better sound quality! Read more here
March 4, 2017 - a new Blues CD: Eddie Bo & Chris
Barber, 1991 in New Orleans
Read more here
February 19, 2017 - updates to the East Berlin 1965
Christian Burgdorff / Germany, was able to
buy at an auction a copy of the GDR Magazine "melodie und
rhythmus" Nr. 20 of 1965, featuring the Chris Barber Jazz
Band. We have added this information to the
relative East Berlin 1965 page. Thanks Christian Burgdorff
for your support.
January 25, 2017 - Chris Barber Concert in
Möriken-Wildegg / Switzerland (24.1.2017)
A few fotos
and a short vide sampler from the Big Chris Barber Band
concert in Mörikon-Wildegg / Switzerland.
January 22, 2017 - Chris Barber Interview in German /
Interview in Deutscher Sprache mit Chris Barber
the occasion of the Barber Band's visit in Hamburg (Oct.
2016), Kuno Dreysse made an interview with
Chris Barber, incl. quite a lot of music! Chris Barber fan
Dieter Allers informed us today about that interview that can
be watched on "Kuno' Storys aus Rock & Pop". Go to
this website and scroll down to "Chris Barber". We are
convinced that non-German speaking Barber followers will also
appreciate this interview. Thanks Dieter Allers for this
January 18, 2017 - minor internal changes
& adaptions plus addition of 3 EP covers from 1957/1958
Gerard Bielderman sent us 3 EP covers that have not yet been
published on this website. We have added the covers in the
last row on this page.
Thanks Gerard and Werner Fischer for your help.
December 19, 2016
In 2001 the Blueprint
Magazine published an interview with Chris Barber. We are
happy and proud to publish this interview by Amanda Palmer
with the permission of Paul Stiles, Editor Blues in Britain
You may read the interview
December 6, 2016
Chris Barber's Jazz Band
played regularly at Motor Car Events in England. Collector and
supporter of this website, Dr. Peter Brennecke, sent us the
covers of a VHS Cassette as well as from a DVD of the 1964 RAC
European & British Grand Prix.
Read more here.
November 22, 2016
The Big Chris Barber
Band perform at newly refurbished St. George's Hall in Pinner
View, Harrow, on Dec. 3rd, 2016.
Read more here.
November 12, 2016
A German photographer,
Mr. Thomas Landsiedel, took a few pictures from the current
tour on November 9, 2016 (Bad Hersfeld). We thank very much
for his permission to present
November 11, 2016
A new picture on the
top of this website - this time a
"behind"-view - taken by Helge Lorenz. Thanks Helge for your
October 30, 2016 - Remembering Ian Wheeler - a new
After "Remembering Pat" and "Remembering Monty" Paul
Adams has now published his newest double CD set, dedicated to the
life and work of Ian Wheeler (1931 - 2011).Read more and
listen to 4 clips here.
October 24, 2016 - Short Clip on Youtube
The Big Chris Barber Band gave a concert in Hamburg on Oct.
22nd, 2016. The german TV station "NDR" have published a short
clip from that concert with a few words from Chris and fans
from that evening. This is the direct link to the clip on youtube:
as well as on the NDR
August 26, 2016 - Jazz me Blues - The Autobiography of
We got several requests for the
autobiography of Chris Barber, a book that was already
published in 2014. You may order this book directly via the
Please read also here our
August 15, 2016
Prior to the concert at
Cadogan Hall on September 9th, 2016 London
Jazz News published a
with Chris Barber
June 28, 2016 - BBC Radio Ulster "Jazz Club with
Niklaus Zust, a follower of the
Barber Band right from the beginning (he was the sound master
of the recording "Clearing the Air in Berne 1992!) informed us
that the Jazz Club with Walter Love from June 26, 2016
features the Chris Barber Bands in different line-ups with
guests like Alex Bradford, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry
and Brownie McGhee, Albert Nicholas, Ken Colyer, Van Morrison
and Trummy Young. You can still listen to the broadcast for
another 28 days. This is the direct link:
A street in Holland is dedicated to Chris
Read more here
2016 - new double CD Barber
Back in Berlin 1960
A real sensation! The classic
Chris Barber Jazz Band 1960 in Berlin
- do not mix it up with the wellknown 1959 LP/CD!
March 12, 2016 - Message board temporarely closed
Due to heavy spam we have temporarely closed
Chris Barber Message board and are working on a solution.
February 4, 2016
We got these days another
painting by Alan Bateman, showing Pat and Chris.
January 18, 2016 - Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band 1970
We normally do not refer to Youtube. But
since Jan. 13, 2016 there is a real sensation on Youtube: The
complete LP "Chris Barber v Praze - 1970" plus a 37 minute
video of that concert, containing material that is not on the
LP. The original LP was extremely hard to get in (Western)
Europe at that time! Check Youtube.com and choose "chris
January 18, 2016 - Activities 2016
Visitors of this site will have noticed that there were no
activities since Dec 6, 2015. The reason is very simple:
Co-Webmaster Andreas was on holiday for 5 weeks, standing away
from computers and enjoying cultural life in Africa and Asia!
Regular updates of this site will continue!
December 6, 2015
Chris Barber received the
British Blues Award 2015 at the Concorde Club in Eastleigh.
Here you will find a few pictures of this event, taken by
David Mence and forwarded to us by Ria Wigt. Congratulations
to Chris and thanks to David Mence for sharing this moment for
November 17, 2015
Bert Brandsma sent us a
new band picture, which we
have published on top of this site.
October 19, 2015 - BBC Radio Ulster - Jazz
Walter Love's Radio Programme on BBC Radio
Ulster "Jazz Club" honours the memory of two late stalwarts of
the Chris Barber Jazz Band who each left behind a musical
legacy both in and out of the band: Pat Halcox and Monty
You can listen to this programme for another 29
days! This is the direct link:
October 18, 2015 - Remembering Monty Sunshine
Lake Records have just issued a new double CD
featuring the work of Monty Sunshine.
Read more here
September 21, 2015
We got several requests
for updates of the Tour schedule. These information come from
the Chris Barber Management in Holland and we have asked them
for updates. Sorry that we cannot help.
August 21, 2015
We have received the sad
news that Micky Ashman, member of the Chris Barber Jazz Band
in 1951, 1956/57 and 1966/67, passed away on August 21, 2015.
We have more information about the work of Micky
Ashman with Chris Barber on
August 21, 2015
At the occasion of Chris
Barber's 85th anniversary, Alan Bateman, British painter and
jazz trumpet player, painted a great portrait of Chris and we
got the permission to publish this picture
was only last week when Alan met Chris to hand over the
jubilee portrait. Thanks to Alan for sending us
this picture of this remarkable moment.
July 18,2015 - listen to Abbey104.com
Sandy Letham is not only a keen photographer (this site
contains a few pictures shot by Sandy), but he runs also a
remarkable Jazz programme on Abbey104.com. The show is on
every Monday from 6.00pm to 8.00 pm (local time in England).
Sandy features a lot of trad music and does not forget the
British Jazz Scene like Chris Barber, Ken Colyer, Humphrey
Lyttelton, Acker and Kenny and many others. If you can't
follow the programm "live", there is alway a possibility to
listen to the show during the whole week. Go to
choose "catch up" and scroll down to "Just Trad".
June 14, 2015 - Music Mirror 1956
friend and collector Dr. Peter Brennecke from Germany was
lucky to find a copy of Music Mirror from December 1956 with
an article about the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band.
June 6, 2015 - Jazz Podium (Germany) article about
Chris Barber's 85th birthday
Woomy Schmidt wrote a
fantastic article about Chris Barber at the occasion of his
85th birthday. You can read the article (in German)
May 13, 2015 - 2 drummers for the Big
Chris Barber Band!
Since 2013 John Watson has
taken over the drum chair for the UK dates, while Gregor Beck
works on drums on Continental dates.
We have added
more information about John Watson
to this website.
May 12, 2015 - Chris Barber's 85th Birthday Guestbook
is now closed
All entries can be viewed here.
May 3, 2015 - The Big Chris Barber Band
with Helge Lorenz on blues guitar
You are lucky if
you live in North-Western Germany! On few selected days the
fantastic german blues guitar player Helge Lorenz joins the
Big Chris Barber Band. On Youtube you will find the band's
version of "Goin' home" with Helge Lorenz, rec. on April 24,
2015 in Leer.
April 22, 2015 - provisional tour dates 2015
The official website for the tour dates is maintained
by Wigt International. We got a
provisional tour date sheet for 2015. These dates are not
yet shown on the aforementioned website. Please check
carefully places, dates & times as we cannot take any
responsability for these information.
April 21, 2015 - Pictures from the Concert
in Nütziders (Austria)
A few pictures from the
Nütziders Concert - 1 day prior to Chris' 85th birthday - shot
by Andreas Wandfluh in dull light.
Click here for the gallery
April 7, 2015 / April 17, 2015
Chris Barber celebrates on
April 17, 2015 his 85th birthday! Many happy returns and keep
For this reason we have opened a special guest
book for congratulations. Please do not hesitate to make
Chris Barber feiert am 17. April 2015 seinen
85. Geburtstag. Alles Gute und weiterhin viel Swing!
haben die Möglichkeit, in einem soeben eröffneten
für Gratulationen Ihre Glückwünsche für Chris Barber
March 22, 2015 - Jazz Club with Walter
Love - Remembering Pat Halcox
to the BBC Jazz Club with Walter Love! Paul Adams being
interviewed by Walter Love and giving intereseting information
about the late Pat Halcox and the Chris Barber Band. Good
music too from the new double CD "Remembering Pat"
the direct link to the programme:
Thanks to Niklaus Zust, a longtime follower of the band,
who sent us this link!
March 2, 2015 - Remembering Pat Halcox - a brand new
Lake Records and Paul Adams present a
brand new double CD that covers the work of Pat Halcox, not
only with Chris Barber, but also with other well known
musicians and his own group, the Pat Halcox All Stars.
See our review here
February 10, 2015 - Chris Barber Tour Dates
The tour schedule of the Big Chris Barber Band is
again available at the website of Wigt International:
February 7, 2015 - Chris Barber Tour Dates
We got quite a lot of E-Mails asking for updated tour date
information. We as webmasters/archivists do not have the
actual tour schedule and have always linked to the Chris
Barber Management website in Holland. We have been informed
that the problems on their website will be fixed in due
course. As soon as we have this information, we will replace
the temporarely (and of course outdated) PDF-file with the
direct link to the tour management's website. Thank you very
much for your understanding.
February 7, 2015 - New band picture from Bad Godesberg
We have added a
new band picture on
the top of this site. Thanks to John Hurd for giving his
permission to publish this picture.
January 18, 2015 - Great review (in English) of the
Bad Godesberg Concert (Jan. 10, 2015)
This is a
great review of the Big Chris Barber Concert with lots of
pictures of the new front line members Nick White and Trevor
Whiting. Please check this website
and check also the fantastic slide show at the end of the
article. Thanks to John Harrison for giving permission to post
January 2, 2015
As already informed on Dec
6, 2014, Richard Exall has left the Big Chris Barber Band to
follow his own career. Richard will be replaced by Nick White.
You will find a short portrait here.
December 18, 2014
We have added a
new page for Trevor Whiting who
joined the band earlier this December.
December 6, 2014 - Changes in the Band
After almost 4 years with the Big
Chris Barber Band, Amy Roberts has left the group at
the end of November 2014 to follow her own
career. She was replaced by Trevor Whiting, who was already a
member of the Band in 2003/04 and a short period in 2010.
Richard Exall will leave at the End of 2014 the Big Chris
Barber Band, having toured since July 2004 with Chris. Richard
will be replaced by Nick White
We thank Amy and Richard for
the great music and wish both all the best for the future. And
we warmly welcome Trevor and Nick in the ranks of the Big
Chris Barber Band.
November 22, 2014 - Amy Roberts / Richard Exall
Regular followers of the Big Chris Barber Band will
have noticed the excellent reed work of Amy Roberts and Richard Exall.
These two fantastic musicians have produced a remarkable CD called "Why
Not?". Read more here
November 6, 2014 - For the first
time on CD! - Class of 78 - The Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band
Read more here
about this great CD.
November 5, 2014
A new DVD is available at
concerts: Jazz me Blues - A Celebration of 60 years of Chris
Barber and his Bands. Read more
Mr. Acker Bilk - 28.01.1929 - 02.11.2014
few minutes before the beginning of the Big Chris Barber Band
concert in Schaan / Liechtenstein, we got the sad news that
Mr. Acker Bilk passed away after a lengthy illness, aged 85. A
great musician and a personal friend for years has left us.
October 17, 2014 - Watch and listen to a Big Chris
Barber Band Concert
We informed earlier this year
that Chris Barber got the German Jazz Trophy Award 2014. The
complete concert of this event can be watched from the
Spardawelt Website. Go to
www.spardawelt.de, type into the "search field" on the top
right corner "Chris Barber", push "enter" and you will get
the menu with the 4 parts of the concert. Very good sound and
video quality. Enjoy!
September 18, 2014 - A real
sensation: Chris Barber's Jazz Band 1965 in Paris with Joe
Harriott and Ottilie Patterson
Thanks to followers
all over the world we have been informed that there is a great
video on youtube. We normally do not refer to youtube content
- but this is the exception! Here is the direct link:
September 12, 2014 - 10 years
Peter Brennecke, a German collector and follower of the band for
many years, came across a copy of the
issue of the Jazz Beat Magazine. In this article Chris
Barber talks to Peter Clayton ten years after the formation of
the Chris Barber Jazzband.
September 4, 2014 - Part 2 on BBC Radio 3 of the live
recording from the Brecon Jazz Festival 2014 will be on air!
Thanks to Chris Barber Band member Joe Farler I'm
happy to announce the transmission of the 2nd part of the
concert in advance:
Saturday, Sept 6, 1730h on BBC Radio 3.
Happy listening. More information here:
August 25, 2014 - The Big Chris Barber Band on BBC
Radio 3 / live recording from the Brecon Jazz Festival 2014
(10 Aug. 2014)
BBC Radio 3 featured 1 first set of
the Big Chris Barber Band concert at the Brecon Jazz Festival.
There are 5 days left to listen again to that programme. Music
starts at 58 min. And this is the link:
August 21, 2014 - Tour dates (Germany)
Thanks to Bert Brandsma I discovered a very
informative website quoting all GERMAN Chris Barber Tour dates
from October 2014 till January 2015:
August 10, 2014
announced, Chris Barber has received the Lifetime Award of the
German Jazz Trophy 2014. The ceremony was held in Stuttgart on
July 21st, 2014.
July 30 / May 31, 2014
We just got the
information by Gerard Bielderman that the former bass player
of the Chris Barber Jazz Band, Dick Smith, passed away on May
31, 2014. This info was obviousely published in the "Just
Jazz" - Magazine. Dick was a member of Chris Barbers Band from
April 1956 till March 1966. Please check our information about
Dick Smith on the "former
RIP Dick Smith
June 23, 2014 - Information by the Chris
Today we have received the
following message from the Chris Barber Management in Holland:
Chris has recently injured his ankle and successfully
undergone surgery. He is feeling well and has already started
his recovery. Chris is very much looking forward to perform
for his fans again. As of now, all scheduled performances with
the band are going ahead as planned.
Ria and Wim Wigt
We all wish Chris a quick and safe recovery / Andreas
June 8, 2014
The Autobiography of Chris
Barber "Jazz Me Blues", written by Chris Barber with Alyn
Shipton, was released in February 2014. Until now we have not
yet seen or received a full review of he autobiography in
English, but we have received these days a great summary by
the German Jazz Musician Lutz Eikelmann. Read
May 5, 2014
Peter Brennecke from Germany
is a good friend and a follower for years of the Barber Bands.
And he gives a great and thankful support to the website and
archive team. Recently he sent us very interesting information
about releases of rare recordings. Check
April 17, 2014
Happy Birthday Chris, and
many happy returns! Keep on swingig that wonderful music!
April 8, 2014
We have announced the new CD
"Jazz Me Blues" at the end of March 2014. Niklaus Zust
informed us that this CD was presented on BBC Jazz Club on
April 6, 2014. You still have the possibility
to listen to that programne.
March 23, 2014
- Lake Records have released a new double CD entitled
"Jazz Me Blues - the 70s. Read our review
- Andreas Wandfluh has written a short review about
Chris Barber's Autobiography
March 16, 2014 - Why do we promote this CD?
Normally, we do publish new CD's related to Chris Barber and
his bands and, of course, Chris guesting with other bands. But
in some cases we have to do an exception. This exception is
the new CD of the Magnificiant 7 Jazz Band, a
band consisting of musicians of the bands of Chris Barber,
Kenny Ball and Mr. Acker Bilk. Read and listen more here.
March 11, 2014 - Lifetime Award for Chris Barber - Chris
Barber will be awarded the German Jazz Trophy 2014
The German Jazz Trophy 2014 will be awarded
to Chris Barber on July 21, 2014 in Stuttgart / Germany at the
Congratulations to Chris for this fantastic
award. Former award winners are Lee Konitz, Monty Alexander, Dick
Hayman and Jacques Loussier, Dave Holland and many other celebrities.
March 8, 2014 - Tours and concert schedule
We have again installed a link to the Chris Barber's
Management website with the official tour and concert
schedule. Please note that the weekdays are written in dutch
February 17, 2014
- Chris Barber is celebrating in 2014: 65
years as bandleader and 60 years professional Chris Barber
2014 is a special year for Chris Barber!
Chris is celebrating its 65 year bandleader and 60 years professional
career with the Chris Barber Bands. You will find the story of Chris
Barber and his bands elswhere on this website. It's a fantastic success
to be such a long time on top of European Jazz music and we are sure
that many followers of the band have great memories of Chris' music. We
encourage you all to share theses memories with Chris and the fans all
over the world: please send us
photos, leaflets etc. from your archives, or write a
short piece about these memories. We
then will publish your memories here on this page.
first entries here
- At long last:
Jazz Me Blues
The Autobiography of
February 15, 2014 - Tours and concert
The concert schedule on this page is a
link to Chris Barber's Management website in the Netherlands,
Wim Wigt Productions. Their website is actually - due to
revisions - not accessible. We have arranged with Wim Wigt
Productions to publish here a
PDF file showing the forthcoming concerts.
February 3, 2014
Hans from the Netherlands informed us
these days that he has uploaded on you tube a documentary film
about Chris Barber. Despite the fact that the film is in
German with French subtitles, we are sure that you will like
and understand the information given in this film and - of
course, that you will enjoy the music.
January 28, 2014
Sandy Letham sent us 2
great photos from the Ronnie Scott's
Concert in 2013. According to his information there are
many more to come!
January 1, 2014 - Happy New Year
website is now in its 11th year! Starting January 1, 2004 with
the contents of the (private) websites of Ed Jackson and
Andreas Wandfluh and with the fantastic help of the bands
archivist, the late Julian Purser, this website has been
developped into one of the largest musician website worldwide.
Many Chris Barber fans all over the world supported us (and
still do) with pictures, leaflets, posters, newspaper articles
etc. etc. and helped us in our work. Our thanks and best
wishes go to all these supporting people and to all readers
and followers of this site. We like to be in contact with Jazz
fans worldwide and to keep you informed about the music of
Chris Barber and his bands. Despite the fact that this website
is the official Chris Barber Website, it is still a private
project of Ed Jackson (Canada) and Andreas Wandfluh
(Switzerland) and we do all our work in our free time.
Actually we have to solve some issues with the photo
pages, incl. the Pat Halcox Photo Archive, but we hope to
activate those pages - may be partailly - in the first quarter
of 2014. Thank you very much for your comprehension.
December 1, 2013 - additions to the
Pat Halcox Photo Archive
We have rearranged the
Pat Halcox Photoarchive pages: the picture description is now
below the respective picture and no longer in the yellow
colour within the picture. Furthermore, we have added more
than a dozen of new pictures. There are many more to come -
but in many cases we have to scan and reproduce them from tiny
filmstripes... and this may take a lot of time to do that.
Check the revised Pat Halcox
Photo Archive here
November 13, 2013 - The Chris Barber 2013
6 piece band plus blues guitar player Helge Lorenz!
After the sudden death of John Slaughter in 2010, Chris Barber
has not yet added a new blues guitar player to his band.
However, on some very rare occasions the outstanding German
blues guitarist Helge Lorenz played a few tunes
and added so the very long missed "original" sound to the
Barber Band. "Goin'Home" from Hamburg
(Oct. 27, 2013) is available on youtube. This
version contains a great solo by Helge Lorenz.
do not refer to youtube, but as we know that many followers of
the band would like to listen to the blues sound of Helge, we
make an exception. The video can be found here:
October 27, 2013
Unfortunately, the link
to the SWR Mediathek below is no longer working.
Obviousely, there is a part of that concert available on
youtube. Search for "Ice Cream Lahnstein"
October 27, 2013
The complete German TV
show of Oct. 20th, 2013 is now available at SWR Mediathek.
This is the direct link:
The Big Chris Barber Band play the first 3 tracks:
- Goin' Home
- Ice Cream
October 12, 2013
Chris Barber on
TV: Sunday, Oct. 20, 0900h - 1030h - SWR / Faszination Musik:
Das Beste vom 33. Lahnsteiner Bluesfestival 2013
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the
German TV station Südwestfunk (SWR) has announced a TV report
covering the Lahnstein Bluesfestival 2013. At this festival,
Chris Barber received the Festival Award "Blues Louis" and the
Big Chris Barber Band will be featured among other bands.
If you can't receive SWR, check the possibility of "watching
again" (in German "Sendung verpasst?") on the SWR website
http://www.swr.de/tv/-/id=2798/5kmvjc/index.html or try
your favourite Web-TV browser and search for SWR, Faszination
For our German speaking friends: Hier der
direkte Link zur Programminformation
October 6, 2013
We have added another set
from the old days. The addition covers the years 1986 till
15 September 2013
Here are a set of photos
from 2005, taken by Karl-Wilhelm Specht at the occasion of a
Yeovil / Somerset.
August 26, 2013
Not only for historians:
We have added the
the years 1980 - 1985 to this website. Follow the history
of the Chris Barber Band, based on date sheets and other
information, provided at that time by Vic Gibbons.
August 8, 2013
Paul Adams of Lake Records
informed us these days that 3 double CD's with material from
1959 - 1962 are now available! You will find more information
July 25, 2013
We have added another set of
from the old days. The addition covers the years 1978 and
July 2, 2013
We have added the 1977
to the archive pages of this website. It's not only
interesting to check the tour dates of that time, but also to
follow the information about musicians, venues etc.
June 18, 2013
We have added a short video
trailer from the DVD "Musikladen" -
check it here
June 16, 2013
From about 1974 till the early 2000 Mr. Vic Gibbons published a
regular Newsletter, covering tours, records etc. of the Chris
Barber Jazz & Blues Band. Starting in June 2013, we will
publish in the archive section these newsletters, giving us a
deep insight of the activites of that time.
to read the newsletters.
June 2, 2013
Specht from Germany sent us another set of photos from the Jazz & Blues
Band period. This time the pictures are from a concert in Stone in March
1993. Enjoy these pictures from the "pre-digital-era".
May 31, 1954 - May 31, 2013
This was the day when the Chris Barber
Jazz Band was formed... and Chris is still going strong.
Congratulations to Chris for such a great time with fantastic
May 24, 2013 - TV Programme
For all those
who have missed this great Jazz evening on BBC 4
Britannia, Trad Jazz Britannia (with a lot of Chris
Barber Music and Interview)
- Jazz625 with a concert with
Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazz Band plus Beryl Bryden and George
- Smokey Dives
we would like to point out that
50s Britannia, Trad Jazz Britannia as well as Jazz625) will be
repeated in the night from Friday to Saturday (24./25. May
2013). Trad Jazz Britannia will again be repeated on Monday,
27.05.2013 - please check your TV programme for correct times.
May 22, 2013
We normally do not publish
concert dates etc. as we have a permanent link to the Chris
Barber Tour Management on this site.
However, we got an
e-Mail from Todd Allen, pointing out to a special event on May
30, 2013 in Basingstoke. This is Todd's e-mail:
All, SAMMY RIMINGTON is to be reunited with his old boss CHRIS
BARBER for a session in Basingstoke on THURSDAY MAY 30th.
Wally Fawkes was originally due to be working with Chris on
this occasion but now has to have a minor operation. Chris
chose Sammy to replace him. In fact it is a get together for
Chris with a total of 4 of his sidemen, the others being
JOHNNY MCCALLUM (banjo/guitar), VIC PITT(bass) & STICKY
WICKETT(drums). The venue is: THE IRISH CENTRE COUNCIL ROAD
BASINGSTOKE RG21 3DH for more information & booking (tickets
£20) please call Anne or Dave Bennett on 0794 204 0779
May 19, 2013
Not many followers of the Big
Chris Barber Band have had the opportunitiy to follow a
concert with the lastest members of the band: Amy Roberts and
Bert Brandsma. Amy is not only a fantastic reed player, but
also very keen on flûte! Actually, she plays the flûte in
C-Jam Blues als well as in When the Saints. Her colleague,
Bert Brandsma is a fantastic reed musician too and he proves
it with a great solo in C-Jam Blues where he plays the bass
saxophone. And finally, we have to point out that Peter
Rudeforth plays the flugelhorn in C-Jam. Why do we tell this?
Bert Brandsma posted a video with
C-Jam Blues on youtube and we think you will be very
interested in watching this video. Thanks Bert.
May 13, 2013
Karl-Wilhelm Specht has sent
us a lot of photos from the Jazz & Blues Band period. A first
set of pictures can be seen on
our photo-pages. This set includes pictures from a concert
with Ray Nance.
April 29, 2013
We have added a new band
picture to this website - thank you, Bert Brandsma, for
providing us this actual photograph
April 28, 2013 - Remembering Pat Halcox
have now created a new page "Remembering Pat Halcox" with the
obituary for Pat and the Book of Condolence. Furthermore we
have added a video from John Bennet, that he had recorded at
Pat's funeral. All information will be consolidated on the
page "A tribute to Pat Halcox"
April 8, 2013
These days we have been
informed by Ed Jackson, co-organiser and co-webmaster of this
website, that due to ill health he is temporarely not in a
position to maintain his work at this website. I'm sure you
all wish him all the best and we hope for a quick recovery.
In the meantime, I will take full responsability for the
development of this website. However, due to business reasons,
I'will not step in until the last week of April 2013.
have got quite a lot of new and interesting material that is
waiting for publishing. Especially Karl-Wilhelm Specht from
Germany has sent us rare photographs. Furthermore, we received
a second lot of pictures for the Pat Halcox Photo Archive.
Many thanks to Shirley Halcox for keeping open this fantastic
photographical source of the Chris Barber Bands.
for your understanding in this matter.
March 7, 2013
More sad news reached us
this morning. Kenny Ball, British trumpeter and bandleader,
born May 22, 1930, passed away this morning. Indeed very sad
months for European Jazz. RIP Kenny
February 20, 2013
Helge Lorenz sent us a short video clip from the Brass Band,
leaving the chapel with "When the saints go marching in"
Please note: large file / allow enough time for the download.
Here are two versions:
February 17, 2013
We received so many requests
from people asking us for information about the Service of
Celebration for the Life of Pat Halcox. Most of these people
were not in a position to come to England. Therefore we have added
slide show with pictures from the ceremony, held on Feb. 14th at the
Easthampstead Park Cemetery & Crematorium (a professional
photographer was there and we hope to get these pictures later
Please note: large file / > 30 MB / allow enough time
for the download. Here are the files:
|February 3, 2013
The menu page of the Chris Barber website has been overhauled to reduce clutter, streamline the page, and make your visit more user-friendly. Probably the most significant change is the reduction of the "CD stack" of links within the site from the previous 30 to 15. All of the old links are covered, but in some cases with new "entry pages". If you have any comments about the new "look", please send an e-mail message to us, or you can post on the Message Board.
Ed Jackson & Andreas Wandfluh, co-webmasters
January 19, 2013
Petite Fleur is not only
Sidney Bechet's composition or Chris Barber's Jazz Band Hit in
1959 - but also a world champion cocktail!
Read more here.
January 18, 2013
Pat Halcox's Photo Archive
has now been completed with all pictures we have got from Pat.
However we hope that his is only the first set of pictures and
that we will get more photos...
|January 12, 2013
We have placed a permanent link to Pat Halcox's Photo Archive in the "CD stack" of links within the site, higher up on this page.
January 10, 2013
Not many Chris Barber
Fans know that Pat Halcox was the photographer and photo
archivist of the Chris Barber Bands for a long time. He now
has opened his fantastic photo
archive and we are happy to present the first pictures on
this website. Many thanks Pat, for this, and thanks to Mike
Henry who forwarded these pictures to us. More pictures are
due to come.
January 9, 2013
New DVD of the Seventies!
The Chris Barber Band with 9 fantastic tunes live at the
Musikladen. See more here...
January 2, 2013
happy to announce the release of 2 great CD's:
Chris Barber at the London Palladium - a reissue of the
concert recording of 1961
#2: The third CD of the new Lake
records series: Diamond Jubilee Collection:
Chris Barber Goin' to Town in
Carlisle 1994, featuring the Chris Barber 1994 Reunion
Band plus the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band on a double CD.
January 1, 2013 - Happy New Year to all and everybody
visiting this site
The Webmasters, Ed Jackson and
Andreas Wandfluh wish a Happy New Year to all Chris Barber
Fans. We have transferred in November and December 2012 the
content of this website to a new server, allowing us to
concentrate all information, sound files, pictures etc. on one
place. During this period we too have prepared quite a lot of
interesting items for this website - soon to come here!
Best wishes - Ed Jackson and Andreas Wandfluh / co-webmasters
|December 12, 2012
Vocalion announces the
release of a new series of CD's of British Jazz Bands. Vol. 1
features the Chris Barber Jazz Band, Ken Colyer's Jazzmen and
The Mike Cotton Jazzmen. See our review here.
|November 8, 2012
Ferdie Favager, who was a member of Chris Barber's New Orleans Jazz Band in 1950 and 1951, recently passed away. We have posted a page in memory of Ferdie.
|November 4, 2012
Long-time contributor to the website Ivan Spring has let us know about a YouTube posting of the British TV programme, "Lonnie Donegan: This Is Your Life". Click on the links to watch Part 1 and Part 2.
|October 27, 2012
Hold on to your seats, folks! Bert Brandsma has alerted us (via Facebook) of an electrifying video of the 1965 Chris Barber Band playing "The Saints" in concert in East Berlin.
|October 14, 2012
Photos by Peter Rudeforth from a late-2012 European Tour.
|October 12, 2012
Photos (by Amy Roberts) from a Recording Session in September 2012. (The permanent link for this page is at the end of the Tours, Concerts & Special Events page.)
Welcome to the Chris Barber Website Message Board.
We hope you will find this a useful and entertaining addition to the site, where you can talk about anything related to Chris, the band, concerts, tours, recordings -- you name it.
The fine print: Since January 1, 2004, www.chrisbarber.net has been maintained by Ed Jackson of (Canada), Andreas Wandfluh (Switzerland), and, until his untimely death in 2009, Julian Purser (England). Over the years, many other people from around the world have provided us with otherwise inaccessible material. They are listed on the Credits and Thanks page.
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send an e-mail to webmasters(at)chrisbarber.net. (Please type this
mailadress in your mail program, changing (at) to @ due to avoiding
spam). All enquiries about management, concerts, bookings, etc., should be addressed to Wim Wigt Productions.
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