New Orleans to London
Chris Barber [+]
Chris Barber is a jazz trombonist and leader of the Barber band formed in 1954. The band, one of the first British jazz groups to tour extensively in the United States, achieved chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with "Petite Fleur" and from the middle to late 1950s it was the most popular music act in the UK. It has remained one of the most widely imitated jazz bands in Europe for over half a century and has established all kinds of records for success and longevity.
In this chapter, the author reveals how his first professional gigs as a musician took place and he and his friends gathered a jazz/blues band and gained recognition in the UK.