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Chris Barber should let someone meaner tell his story

<p class="p1">Jazz Me Blues is a memoir of a remarkable life by a man far too nice to do it justice</p>

16 August 2014

9:00 AM

16 August 2014

9:00 AM

Jazz Me Blues Chris Barber, with Alyn Shipton

Equinos Publishing, pp.172, £19.99, ISBN: 9781845530884

Chris Barber, still going strong with his big band, was born in 1930. He heard jazz as a schoolboy on the radio programme Music While You Work and tried to find out more about this wonderful music. He soon discovered that, in his words, ‘black music was the real thing, although some white people managed it pretty well’.

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