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The Big Chris Barber Band

George Square Spiegeltent
George Square, Edinburgh
Wednesday 17 July, 6.00pm

This concert is no longer on sale at Hub Tickets.  Please check the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival website www.ejbf.uk for ticket status.

An icon of British traditional jazz, the trombonist, bassist and band-leader is one of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. 88 years old, and still he leads a band that’s a living, breathing sample of great jazz values of swing, blues feel, great ensemble playing, and top class soloing. They feature everything from early New Orleans to blues to late 20s Ellington including many favourites like “Bourbon Street Parade”, “Jubilee Stomp”, “Petite Fleur”, “Ice Cream”, “When The Saints Go Marching In” and many more.  A rare chance to hear a jazz legend, with an absolutely top-notch band.

Update to this Concert
Last week, Chris’ agent told us that Chris has had a bad fall and there is uncertainty about whether he’ll make next month’s concert in Edinburgh. 

All of us who have heard the Band in recent years will know that the quality of the ensemble is almost without parallel in the Classic Jazz/Traditional Jazz world. Chris fronts the band, but it’s his musicians who deliver the extraordinary music. Chris is the ultimate professional, and sets incredible standards for himself and his band, but we all need to respect that at 89 years old, his powers may not be what they were.

Chris wants the concert to go ahead, and we’ve decided with those who had already booked tickets to proceed, understanding that he may not be there. We know that the quality will be undiluted, the band will play as is does every night with Chris at their side: there will be great Ellington 1920’s arrangements; the classic small group Barber sound  (with all of the band’s hits); some blues; and New Orleans classics, including “When The Saints”; all played by Chris’ high quality band, featuring Bob Hunt (trombone), Mike Henry and Pete Rudeforth (trumpets), and Bert Brandsma ( clarinet and saxes).

*Kids Go Free
Under 16s go free to any concert at George Square Spiegeltent and Teviot Row that starts before 9pm, if accompanied by an adult. These must be booked in advance and are subject to availability from Hub Tickets only (0131 473 2000)

For any show starting after 9pm, anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult

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