Personalities | Chris Barber | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
(Trombone, b. 1930)
Chris Barber has been a key figure on the British traditional jazz scene since he broke away from Ken Colyer’s band to lead his own group in 1954. The band was one of the leading names in the so-called ‘trad boom’ of the late 1950s. It became the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band – with the addition of electric guitar – in 1968, and brought fresh arrangements and cogent soloing to their venerable traditional jazz and blues repertoire. Barber now tours with his Big Band.
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