Chris Barber



Chris Barber presents a seven-part series.

This programme spotlights the work of W C Handy.

Plus Paul Jones in conversation.


Chris Barber presents the second in a seven-part series.

In this programme singer Lillian Boutte outlines her duties as Musical Ambassador to the City of New Orleans, and reflects on the influence of gospel music in her work.


Chris Barber presents the third in a seven-part series.

In this programme George Shearing recalls moving to America, forming the quintet which made him a household name, and recording with the greats of jazz and popular music.


Chris Barber presents the fourth in a seven-part series.

In this programme John Dankworth recalls his early days as a band leader and arranger.

And Humphrey Lyttelton and Acker Bilk recount why the Jazz Festival in 1959 was remembered for all the wrong reasons.


In the fifth of seven programmes Chris Barber explores the origins of some of his own band's concert repertoire through the recordings of jazz and blues pioneers like Louis Russell, Bessie Smith and Leadbelly.


In the sixth of seven programmes, Chris Barber talks to Kenny Ball, who is celebrating forty years as one of the country's most popular band leaders.

And pianist John Lewis talks about his work with Chris Barber's band.


In the last of the series, Chris Barber invites Acker Bilk into the studio to talk about his career and to play with the jazz and blues band.