The Big Chris Barber Band - PLAYHOUSE Whitely Bay

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The Big Chris Barber Band


  • Date: Friday 26th July 2019
  • Time: 7.30pm

Dear ladies and gentlemen, dear fans of the Big Chris Barber Band,

The band is coming to your theatre this coming Friday and looking forward to see you all and perform.

Unfortunately Chris fell recently and went for treatment into hospital. He was back home again and getting ready to do concerts and tours. As he was getting on very well, we thought with good daily exercise and physiotherapy he will be able to be perfectly fit to perform by now.

Unfortunately the doctors decided he had to go back into a recovery home. So unfortunately he will not be able to meet you personally. He has instructed the 9 musicians in the band to perform exactly as usual, 2 or 3 of the band members will do the announcements and tell about Chris and his music.

We apologise for any inconvenience. But the audience will have a special concert in the spirit of Chris Barber's great music. The band is in great form and they have taken up the challenge to perform at their utmost best to show you and Chris that their presentation of his music will be - as usual - excellent!!

We wish Chris all the best and expect him to be back very soon.

Management of the Big Chris Barber Band


Chris Barber OBE (87) is one of the last British Jazz legends around and an icon of traditional jazz in the United Kingdom. This season he starts celebrating his 65th Anniversary as leader of his band on a full-time professional basis and 70th Anniversary on starting his musical career.

Since 1949 he has been active in the music scene with promoting, recording and releasing music and touring his band. So far he has released hundreds of recordings, performed more than 15,000 concerts in 50 different countries in 5 different continents. An incredible milestone.

Chris Barber is one of the initiators of pop music today, as he gave stage to many American blues musicians during the 50-ties for the first time in Europe. Musicians like Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy. These musicians later inspired bands like Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Eric Clapton a.o.  Chris and his band are respected by many other jazz, blues and pop musicians, like Van Morrison, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Mark Knopfler, Paul Jones and many more.

The BIG Chris Barber Band (10-piece!), inspired by the great Ken Colyer Jazz Men, features everything from New Orleans to blues to late 20's Ellington, played with extraordinary panache and skill. On this special night, you will hear songs from that age and Chris’ favorites songs like "Bourbon Street Parade", "Jubilee Stomp", "Petite Fleur", “Ice Cream”, "When the Saints Go Marching In" and many more.

The band stands out as one of the finest, if not thé finest, of its kind anywhere in the world. You can count on an exciting evening full of high quality jazz and blues which will appeal in equal measure to the aficionado and the newcomer.

The BIG Chris Barber Band is considered by many to be one of the ”World ’s Finest & Respected Traditional Jazz Band “.

  • Date: Friday 26th July 2019
  • Time: 7.30pm
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