Update: 13 August 2019
Chris Barber suffered a bad fall recently and has been in hospital receiving treatment. Thankfully he is making a steady recovery but has recently taken the decision to retire from touring.
So sadly Chris will not be appearing with the band in September. But the rest of the band, including long-standing members Bob Hunt (Chris's musical arranger since 1989) as musical director and trombonist and Mike Henry on trumpet, remain committed to bringing you the best of jazz to audiences of all ages. 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!
Here's a statement from Chris Barber's management team...
Dear ladies and gentlemen, dear fans of the Big Chris Barber Band,
The band is coming to your theatre on Tuesday 10th September and looking forward to see you all and perform.
The Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band and the Big Chris Barber Band have thrilled thousands and thousands of fans and music lovers all over the world in the last 70 years.
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. However, Chris has has decided to retire from touring.
The sadness of his absence has stimulated the Barber Band members to bring the Barber brand of music to the fans and audiences all over Europe and England with even more enthusiasm and panache than ever before! Always according to the wishes and with the stories often told by the great master. Chris's longest serving members, Bob Hunt (Chris's musical arranger since 1989) as musical director and trombonist and Mike Henry on trumpet - remembering the great Pat Halcox - along with the sublime horn players and the great rhythm section, can't stop showing how much the Chris Barber Band and Chris Barber's music is still alive. This is the great gift of icon Chris Barber himself to the world ! This is the Chris Barber Band members gift to their leader: to go on forever! Bob Hunt will take the lead as musical director.
Through Bert Brandsma's informative stories and announcements the performances are developed into a complete concert show, bringing the best of jazz to audiences of all ages.
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 we hope you will be able to attend the concert, as Chris would have liked to.
Long live the Chris Barber Legacy!!
Management of the Big Chris Barber Band