Chris Barber OBE (86) is one of the last British Jazz legends around and an icon of traditional jazz in United Kingdom. This year he and his band, The Big Chris Barber Band will celebrate 100 Years of Jazz at The Lights on Thursday, 2 February at 7.30pm.

In early 1917 the very first Jazz record was released by the Original Dixieland Jass Band: Livery Stable Blues. In the 1990’s, Chris Barber and partnering label Timeless Records re-released this very special record.

Now, in 2017 (a century later) the record from Original Dixieland Jass Band will exist 100 years. A moment to celebrate for Chris.

The BIG Chris Barber Band features everything from New Orleans to blues to 1920’s Ellington, played with extraordinary panache and skill. On this special night you will hear songs from that age and Chris’ favourites like Bourbon Street Parade, Jubilee Stomp, Petite Fleur, Ice Cream, When the Saints Go Marching In and many more.

They stand out as one of the finest of their kind anywhere in the world. You can count on an exciting evening of high quality jazz and blues which will appeal in equal measure to the aficionado and the newcomer.

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