Guy Barker

Born 26 December 1957.
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Guy Barker chats to Craig Charles

Craig's joined by Guy Barker for an orchestral reworking of classic Miles Davis.

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Biography

Guy Barker (born 26 December 1957) is an English jazz trumpeter and composer. Barker was born in Chiswick, London, the son of an actress and a stuntman. He started playing the trumpet at the age of twelve, and within a year had joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. After lessons from Clark Terry in 1975, Barker went on in the 1980s to play with John Dankworth, Gil Evans (with whose orchestra he toured and recorded in 1983), Lena Horne and Bobby Watson.

Barker was a member of Clark Tracey's quintet from 1984 to 1992, and continues to play with Tracey, as well as with Tracey's father Stan. As a sideman he has played with many major musicians and groups, including Ornette Coleman, Carla Bley, Georgie Fame, James Carter, Mike Westbrook, Frank Sinatra, Colin Towns, Natalie Merchant, ABC, The The, Erasure, Chris Botti, Wham!, Kajagoogoo, The Housemartins, Matt Bianco, Alphaville, The Moody Blues, Sting, Bucks Fizz, Mike Oldfield, Cleo Laine, Acoustic Alchemy, and XTC.

Previously, his own band has featured an international mix of musicians – Perico Sambeat (alto saxophone; Spain), Bernardo Sassetti (piano; Portugal), Geoff Gascoyne (bass, United Kingdom), and Gene Calderazzo (drums; United States)

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Amadeus Project

    The Amadeus Project 2007

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    This is British jazz with all its virtues and a few of its faults.
  2. Review of Soundtrack

    Soundtrack

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Trumpeter Guy Barker's fifth solo effort is an unashamed homage to 50s mainstream jazz...
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