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news and updates: February 18, 2021   -    Thank you, Chris! Impressions of the Jazz Trophy 2014

We have received from fans all over the world further concert posters and will publish these on our "Tours, Concerts and Special Events" page.
We re-start our work with a poster from The Jazz-Trophy 2014 in Stuttgart.

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August 2019 - Messages / Press releases and information about the retirement of Chris Barber as well as of the continuing concerts of the Big Chris Barber Band

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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 Line-Up of the Big Chris Barber Band, as of Nov. 26th, 2017 till the retirement of Chris Barber (August 2019)
For biographies of each of the band members and photos go to the Big Chris Barber Band page.
current personnel (November 2017)
a new picture with the lineup as from Nov. 26th, 2017 will be provided as soon as possible.

Chris Barber - trombone, vocals, bandleader
Bob Hunt - trombone, trumpet, arrangements
Mike Henry - trumpet, cornet
Peter 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 - bass
John Watson - drums

Becky Evans - sound and lighting

Band picture (January 2018) - copyright Ben Houdijk Photography
see more pictures here
2018 line-up
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 2015)
2015 line-up
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 
Photo curtesy by John Hurd 
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
Joe Farler (banjo & guitar)
(photo/copyright: Klaus Muempfer)
Does anybody 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.



Updated November 7, 2020
Go to the New and Recent Releases page for more details and other recent releases.
A Jazz Club Session with
Chris Barber's Jazz Band & Ottilie Patterson
the Allan Gilmour tapes
Lake Records LACD360

This double CD contains almost a complete concert of the Barber Band in 1963 - the Barber sound just before John Slaughter on blues guitar joined the Band. As far as I know this concert had never been released on LP or CD. At least....  

read more here
Chris Barber's Jazz Band
Back in Copenhagen 1961
Lake Records LACD360

What a surprise!
A brand new CD of the 1961 Chris Barber Jazz Band - recorded live on Sept 17, 1961 at the Falconer Center in Copenhagen.
more details and track list here
Chris Barber with Alex Bradford / True Gospel
Donbar Records Special Release SP01

This is a release of former Lp's, documenting the work of Chris Barber with Alex Bradford in 1962 as well as in 1974. We thank very much Dr. Peter Brennecke from Germany who sent us the scan of this CD. 

more details and track list here
Ottilie Patterson - The First Lady of British Blues
Jasmine Records JASMCD 2657

This is a reissue of tunes with Ottilie Patterson from earlier recordings on LP's and CD's. However, the tracklist shows some "not originally released" material. As I have not yet a copy of this CD, I was not yet in a position to check all details.

Here is the tracklist
Barber in Detroit - Chris Barber's Jazz Band
Lake Records LACD 351

This is a reissue of the 1959 recording, but in a far better sound quality. Listen to excerpts and read our short review.

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 Orleans.

Go to the Proper Records website and/or listen to excerpts of the CD at Amazon UK.
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.
Barber 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!

See our 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 and recordings that have not yet been released on CD.

For further information please click on the CD covers below.
New DVD: Das Beste aus dem Musikladen
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.

Read more here and check the fantastic Chris Barber Special with 9 great tunes!
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)

See our 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, altosax. 

We have quite a few information about this concert and earlier releases on LP or CD. Read more here...
The 208 Rhythm Club  -   Volume 1

Chris Barber's Jazz Band
Ken Colyer's Jazzmen
The Mike Cotton Jazzmen

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.

See 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
December 14, 2020 -  maintaining the Chris Barber Website
Please read more here.
November 7, 2020 - a new Chris Barber CD - live in 1963
Please read more here.
April 29, 2020 - Chris Barber's 90 Birthday Guestbook
The Birthday Guestbook is now closed. You may read the entries here.
April 29, 2020 - Chris Barber's 90 Birthday Guestbook
The Birthday Guestbook is now closed. You may read the entries here.
January 13, 2020 - Chris Barber Back in Copenhagen 1961
A brand new CD of the 1961 Chris Barber Jazz Band - recorded live on Sept 17, 1961 at the Falconer Center in Copenhagen.
More information here.
Dec. 17, 2019 - preannouncement

for more details please click into this information
December 7, 2019 - Ed Jackson, co-webmaster and co-organizer of this website, passed away on December 2, 2019
It's with great sadness that I have to report that Ed Jackson, co-webmaster of this website for a long time, passed away on 2 December in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, after a long illness. Ed, the late Julian Purser and I have managed and developped this website since 2004 and the Chris Barber Fan Family and I have lost a great friend, despite the fact that I did not have any contacts to Ed since 2015. RIP my dear friend and thanks for your friendship over all the years.
Andreas Wandfluh

Messages to the family can be sent to his son Patrick at patrick.stewart.jackson@gmail.com

An obiturary will be posted here as soon as we have the permission to put a respective link on this site.
October 1, 2019 - reissue of Chris Barbers album "Memories of my trip"
We have been informed by "The Last Music Co" that they will reissue Chris Barbers double album "Memories of my trip" on October 4th, 2019.
More information here.
August 22, 2019 - A Chris Barber Comic from 1962
It's quite a coincidence that - after the retirement of Chris Barber earlier this month - we got an e-Mail from collector Jason Whiton. He sent us a copy of a comic from Victor, April 7, 1962. See the comic here
August 13, 2019 - Chris Barber's retirement / a message from Michael Pointon and Kate Barber
See the message here
August 12, 2019 - Important message provided by the management of Chris Barber / Big Chris Barber Band
See the message here
June 22, 2019 - Concert Programme with Big Bill Broonzy's signature
Collector Phil Wight sent us the cover of a 1957 tour programme, showing Big Bill Broonzy's signature. We have added this very rare item to our "Tours, Concerts and Special Events section". (direct link) - Thanks Phil for sharing this "treasure"!
June 5, 2019 - Young people are fascinated by jazz!
We got an email from Tracy Edward, Salt Lake City Children's Network - please read more here
May 10, 2019 - We have added a new item to the navigation (CD -pile below)
We will start with a new section "interesting links". See our first entry with information about the British Blues Exhibition.

April 17, 2019

Happy Birthday, Chris Barber, and many happy returns. Keep on swinging that wonderful music!

Dec 26, 2018 - Two new reissuses of CD's
A CD with recordings from 1962 and 1974 with Alex Bradford (True Gospel) and another CD with Ottilie Patterson - 1st Lady of British blues - are available. Please read more here.

Nov 28, 2018 - Three very rare LP's
Dr. Peter Brennecke, a longtime follower of Chris Barber and his bands is a very lucky man. He was able to acquire three very rare recordings. Although the music is elsewhere available on CD's, it is always a highlight when a collector get the chance to find the original recording. Thanks Peter for sending us the scans of your "new" LP's.
You will find more information and music clips here:
- The All American Ramblers
- Jazz Highlights in Berlin (a sampler LP presented by Amiga records (GDR)
- 12. Internacionalni Festival Jazza "Ljubliana '71" (a sampler LP presented by Suzy (Jugoslavia)

July 08, 2018 - Big Chris Barber Band in Silverstone
Chris Barber and his bands are regular guests at the British Grandprix. See two pictures of the 2018 event here.
June 20, 2018 - small amendments on Bob Hunt's page
As you know we feature all musicians of the Big Chris Barber Band on their own page. Today we have done some small amendments on the Bob Hunt page
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 1971.
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.
January 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. Read more here...
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
We 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)
Here is another short clip from German TV NDR, recorded in Hamburg on October 23, 2017.
October 24, 2017 - a short clip from the current autumn tour
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 Helge Lorenz. 
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, 2017

  • 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. We warmly 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 Colin.

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 2018.

Andreas / webmaster - September 25, 2017
March 7, 2017 - very important information by the webmaster
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 succesful.

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 CD pile).  

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 page
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
At 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 information.
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 (www.bluesinbritain.org)
You may read the interview here.
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 these pictures here. 
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 permission!
October 30, 2016 - Remembering Ian Wheeler - a new double CD
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: https://youtu.be/nHv8GMA0VvEa
as well as on the NDR Website: https://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/hamburg_journal/Jazz-Legende-Chris-Barber-in-Hamburg,hamj51230.html
August 26, 2016 - Jazz me Blues - The Autobiography of Chris Barber
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 publishers website.
Please read also here our short review
August 15, 2016
Prior to the concert at Cadogan Hall on September 9th, 2016 London Jazz News published a short interview with Chris Barber
June 28, 2016 - BBC Radio Ulster "Jazz Club with Walter Love"
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: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07hj49b
April 11, 2016
A street in Holland is dedicated to Chris Barber.

Read more here

March 20, 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 the Chris Barber Message board and are working on a solution.
February 4, 2016
We got these days another fine painting by Alan Bateman, showing Pat and Chris.  
January 18, 2016 - Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band 1970 in Praha!
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 barber praha"
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 us.
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 Club
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 Sunshine
You can listen to this programme for another 29 days! This is the direct link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kgkbx
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. RIP Micky.
We have more information about the work of Micky Ashman with Chris Barber on this page.
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 here.

It 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 abbey104.com, choose "catch up" and scroll down to "Just Trad".
June 14, 2015 - Music Mirror 1956
Our 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. Read the articel here.
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) here.
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.
Enjoy it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFnKocpup0U
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 on swinging!
For this reason we have opened a special guest book for congratulations. Please do not hesitate to make your entry here.

Chris Barber feiert am 17. April 2015 seinen 85. Geburtstag. Alles Gute und weiterhin viel Swing!
Sie haben die Möglichkeit, in einem soeben eröffneten Gästebuch für Gratulationen Ihre Glückwünsche für Chris Barber einzutragen.
March 22, 2015  -  Jazz Club with Walter Love  -  Remembering Pat Halcox
Listen 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"
This is the direct link to the programme: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05n25ft 
Thanks to Niklaus Zust, a longtime follower of the band, who sent us this link!
March 2, 2015 - Remembering Pat Halcox - a brand new double CD
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 (10.1.2015) 
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  https://3songsbonn.com/2015/01/14/chris-barber-the-ice-cream-mans-in-town/  and check also the fantastic slide show at the end of the article. Thanks to John Harrison for giving permission to post this link
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 Quintet
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 here
Mr. Acker Bilk - 28.01.1929 - 02.11.2014
A 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. RIP Acker
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZlG_SpUqCE
September 12, 2014   -   10 years after
Peter Brennecke, a German collector and follower of the band for many years, came across a copy of the June 1964 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: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04gvkd9
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
As previousely 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 members" page.
RIP Dick Smith
June 23, 2014  -  Information by the Chris Barber Management
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 Wandfluh, Co-Webmaster
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 more here
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 it here
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 here.
  • 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 "jazzopen" festival.
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. Read more
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 language!

February 17, 2014

  • Chris Barber is celebrating in 2014:  65 years as bandleader and 60 years professional Chris Barber Bands
    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.
    Read the first entries here
  • At long last:   Jazz Me Blues The Autobiography of Chris Barber
    read more
February 15, 2014  -  Tours and concert schedule
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.
This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EbBsUt2mPA.
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
This 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.
We normally 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc5c-Jas3E0
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: https://swrmediathek.de/player.htm?show=20b6df80-3bb2-11e3-a9d9-0026b975f2e6
The Big Chris Barber Band play the first 3 tracks:
- All Blues
- Goin' Home
- Ice Cream
Enjoy it!
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 https://www.swr.de/tv/-/id=2798/5kmvjc/index.html or try your favourite Web-TV browser and search for SWR, Faszination Musik.
For our German speaking friends: Hier der direkte Link zur Programminformation
October 6, 2013
We have added another set of Newsletters from the old days. The addition covers the years 1986 till 1989
15 September 2013
Here are a set of photos from 2005, taken by Karl-Wilhelm Specht at the occasion of a concert in Yeovil / Somerset.
August 26, 2013
Not only for historians: We have added the newsletters for 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 here.
July 25, 2013
We have added another set of Newsletters from the old days. The addition covers the years 1978 and 1979.
July 2, 2013
We have added the 1977 Newsletters 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.
Click here to read the newsletters.
June 2, 2013
Karl-Wilhelm 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
59 years ago...

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 music
May 24, 2013 - TV Programme
For all those who have missed this great Jazz evening on BBC 4
- 50s 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 Lewis
- 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:

Dear 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   WELCOME!
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
We 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.
We 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.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Andreas Wandfluh
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:   WMV-version   MPEG-version
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 a 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 on).
Please note: large file / > 30 MB / allow enough time for the download.  Here are the files:   WMV-version     MPEG-version  
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
The 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
We are happy to announce the release of 2 great CD's:
#1: 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.)

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