Monday, 29 June 2009

Chris Barber, 60 years a band leader

Jackie joined us to see the Chris Barber Big Band at Chichester last night. Over two hours of fabulous trad jazz and other music. Amazing guy, at eighty he talks fast, recounting who joined and left the band and when. And still plays a mean trombone, borrowing the bass, his first instrument, for one number. A couple in front of us saw him once before, in 1952 at Manchester Uni where they met! Never knew that Lonnie Donegan and Monty Sunshine were in his original band. This is the start of a tour covering the UK and Europe. July 2 they appear at the O2 with Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball who we saw twice in Dhahran in the 80s.

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