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Chris Barber obituary

Jazz trombonist and bandleader whose eclectic tastes helped to shape the face of British popular musicThe bandleader and trombonist Chris Barber, who has died aged 90, was one of the most accessible and charismatic figures to emerge from the New Orleans-inspired jazz revivalist movement that played such a significant part in shaping British popular music between the late 1940s and mid-60s.As a bandleader he began by taking the cornettist Ken Colyer’s rugged, fundamentalist proto-jazz revivalism of the early 50s and refashioning it into a more elegant, more ebullient and more accessible form for a younger audience. He was also one of the first British bandleaders to feature the infectiously rudimentary tea-chest bass-and-washboard music of skiffle within his own far from rudimentary outfits, putting a match to a craze that helped launch the careers of many UK bands, including the Beatles. Lonnie Donegan performed the skiffle anthem Rock Island Line with Barber, and in 1956 it went on to be a million-selling hit. Continue reading...


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