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Thread #106399 Message #2201177
Posted By: Roger the Skiffler
24-Nov-07 - 05:07 AM
Thread Name: Long-time british jazz musicians
Subject: RE: Long-time british jazz musicians
Jim Bray returned on bass and sousaphone for the Barber Band's 40th Anniversary tour (as did Monty Sunshine & Lonne Donegan) one concert of which I saw. When I saw the Barber band a couple of years ago in Reading ,Monty Sunshine was in the audience and Barber had the spot put on him and introduced him to the audience- as has been said, ill health made him give up playing. The latest Barber Big Band adds a new dimension. He's always kept developing, someone mentioned the Balkan phase in the '70s, I remember Battersea Rain Dance from this period- happy days at the 100 Club. Humph also keeps young with new lineups and new compositions, latest band with 2 young female sax players: Jo Fooks and Karen Sharp. Our favourite band in those days was Alex Welsh. Three survivors of that band: Roy Williams, Johnny Barnes and Jim Douglas still performing with Great British Jazz Band, Pizza Express Allstars and other bands.