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Chris Barber (born 17th April 1930) is an English jazz trombonist.

Barber was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, and educated at St Paul’s School in London. He is best known as a trombonist playing in the trad style with his Dixieland jazz band.

In 1953-1954 he was in a band called Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen with Ken Colyer, Lonnie Donegan, , Jim Bray, Ron Bowden and Monty Sunshine. It was during this period that the band used to play Skiffle during their breaks and Lonnie Donegan sang the “Midnight Special” and “In the evening, when de sun go down” which turned out to be big sellers at the time.

At the end of a year there was a bustup and Ken Colyer stormed out to start up his own band and Chris Barber took over the band and renamed it. From an earlier conversation I had with Lonnie Donegan, I was led to believe the bust up concerned Ken Colyer and him.


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  • Xmxtx

    Such great discovery. i found out about him after watching Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner :)

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ruschenburg

    der beste musiker seit 60 jahren!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • BoBs933

    So underrated!

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • luzvonlumi

    Saw him live couple of years ago when I was around 12 years old. Still got the copy of his "Best-of" CD we bought back then. I love listening to it in the later evening.

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Goofyfon

    Chris Barber ist einen meiner größten Faforiten,he is one of the best Dixiland Band

    17 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Nobantu

    I loves this piece since I was a child! ...allmost 50 years ago!

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Heus

    First song was great!1

    1 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Heus

    Tonight In Jools on BBC

    29 Feb 2008 Reply

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