A wonderful trombone player, former member of John Miles' Bluesbreakers and a stalwart of the Ealing Jazz Festival; Chris Barber passed away early today the fine age of 90.RIP and condolences to his family and friends.
N V Brooks ● 228d7 Comments
Bad Penny Blues was actually written by Humphrey Lyttelton And recorded by His Band. It was a great number giving young upstarts like Tommy Steele a run for their money. Chris Barber Barber was playing Trad before we'd even heard of Acker Bilk or Kenny Ball. Plus of course was the Launching pad for Lonnie Donegan via "Rock Island Line".
Leslie Bailey ● 226d
Remember jiving to Chris Barber's Bad Penny Blues in my salad days. Cy Laurie's Jazz club under Piccadilly Circus subway was our venue. Happy Days
Beryl Bashford ● 227d
Ah, but he was good mates with John Mayall, as well as Alexis Korner, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and a host of others.
Simon Hayes ● 228d
Absolutely right. A bad workman always blames his tools personally I blame Google speech to text😉 Chris Barber was also never a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.Apart from that, my post was 100-percent spot on 😳
N V Brooks ● 228d
He didn't retire until 2019!Saw him and his band at the Ealing Jazz Festival 2018.https://www.ealingclub.com/2021/03/chris-barber-farewell-to-the-british-blues-pioneer/
Philippa Bond ● 228d
He was a good bloke. Got to know him a bit a few years ago and he had no airs and graces. He also had a wealth of great stories.While trad jazz may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Chris also helped usher in a change in British music that literally shook the world. He gave Lonnie Donegan his big break, with the skiffle sound inspiring the likes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.He also brought over a lot of blues artists from America, including Muddy Waters (who had a particular way with the ladies, apparently), giving UK audiences their first live exposure to this music. As Bill Wyman once said : ‘without Chris Barber there would be no Rolling Stones’.Chris also co-founded the Marquee Club, mainly because he didn’t like the acoustics at the 100 Club in Oxford Street. The Marquee was a seminal venue for a host of bands in the 60s, not least Ealing’s own Who.
Simon Hayes ● 228d