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Jools Holland presents the first part of a major profile of this British jazz great, one of the most influential of all time. In addition to his own very successful recording career, Chris was responsible for bringing blues greats like Muddy Waters & Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the UK for the first time; the impact of those performances went a long way to creating the British blues boom of the 1960s. His involvement in the fledgling Marquee Club in London gave the Rolling Stones a valuable early platform, & he was also one of the founding fathers of the Reading Festival. The skiffle movement was created by members of the Chris Barber Band, and he broke new ground for jazz both in the US & behind the Iron Curtain, where he fame was once so great that he was able to travel without a passport! He played for President Kennedy & in the black blues clubs of 1950s Chicago and crossed musical boundaries as though they didn't exist.

The programme features extensive recollections from Chris himself, alongside contributions from Mark Knopfler, Paul Jones, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Van Morrison, Jon Hiseman, Phil Collins, Lonnie Donegan, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts & more.

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57 minutes

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Tue 6 Jan 2015 22:00

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