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Trombone legend slides into town

PUBLISHED: 16:36 04 November 2010

PHOTO: OLAV B. HANSEN; The Big Chris Barber Band; Haderslev Jazzclub, Denmark; Sept. 24. 2004; CHRIS BARBER

PHOTO: OLAV B. HANSEN; The Big Chris Barber Band; Haderslev Jazzclub, Denmark; Sept. 24. 2004; CHRIS BARBER

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THERE’S set to be a celebration of jazz and blues in Chelmsford this month when British jazz legend Chris Barber heads onto the Civic stage as part of his 61st year as a bandleader.

Chris will be performing at the Civic Theatre in Fairfield Road on Sunday November 21.

Inspired by the King Olivier Creole Jazz band, Chris formed his first New Orleans Jazz Band in 1949 at the age of just 19.

In 1953, along with Monty Sunshine and Lonnie Donegan, he joined forces with Ken Colyer.

Colyer’s Jazzmen became Chris Barber’s Jazz Band in 1954 and has been one of Europe’s most successful jazz bands ever since.

And despite being on the slide since 1949, having performed over 10,000 concerts and made thousands of recordings, Chris keeps marching on.

The band will be playing a selection of music from his roots in New Orleans style to the early music of Duke Ellington and Sidney Bechet with some Miles Davis thrown in for good measure and further onto blues by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

Tickets are priced £19 with concessions at £17 from the box office on 01245 606505.


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