The Big Chris Barber Band - one of the greats of British Trad Jazz – plays Clair Hall, Haywards Heath on December 6 on Chris’ 60th anniversary tour (tickets 01444 455440).
Spokeswoman Herma Lueks said: “At the remarkable age of 83, Chris Barber this year celebrates his diamond jubilee as leader of his band on a full-time professional basis: a band that stands out as one of the finest, if not the finest, of its kind anywhere in the world. The Big Chris Barber Band feature everything from New Orleans to blues to late 20s Ellington, played with extraordinary panache and skill. Barber is an icon of traditional jazz in the UK. Over the years Chris Barber has influenced many of today’s leading jazz and blues musicians, especially contemporary artists such as Mark Knopfler, Eric Burdon, John Mayall, The Stones, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison, with some of whose bands Chris has often been a featured guest with great pleasure.”