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Barbara Thompson

Barbara Thompson

Barbara Thompson


Barbara Thompson (born Barbara Gracey, 27 July 1944 in Oxford) is an English jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer MBE. She studied clarinet, flute, piano and classical composition at the Royal College of Music, but the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane made her shift her interests to jazz and saxophone. Around 1975, she was involved in the foundation of three bands: * the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, a 'band of bandleaders' with Wolfgang Dauner (p) Read more on Last.fm
Barbara Thompson (born Barbara Gracey, 27 July 1944 in Oxford) is an English jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer MBE. She studied clarinet, flute, piano and classical composition at the Royal College of Music, but the music of Duke Ellington and John Coltrane made her shift her interests to jazz and saxophone. Around 1975, she was involved in the foundation of three bands: * the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, a 'band of bandleaders' with Wolfgang Dauner (p), Volker Kriegel (g), Albert Mangelsdorff (tb), Eberhard Weber (b), Ian Carr (tp), Charlie Mariano (sax), Ack van Rooyen (tp) and Jon Hiseman (dr). * Barbara Thompson’s Jubiaba (9 piece Latin/Rock band) including Peter Lemer, Roy Babbington, Henry Lowther, Ian Hamer, Derek Wadsworth, Trevor Tomkins, Bill Le Sage, Glyn Thomas. * Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, her current working band with Peter Lemer (p), Billy Thompson (v) [1], Dave Ball (b) [2] and Jon Hiseman on drums. She was awarded the MBE in 1996 for services to music. Due to Parkinson's disease diagnosed in 1997, she retired as an active saxophonist in 2001 with a farewell tour. After a period of working as a composer exclusively, she returned to stage in 2004 to replace the unwell Dick Heckstall-Smith during Colosseum's "Tomorrow's Blues" tour, and in 2005 she performed live with Paraphernalia in their "Never Say Goodbye" tour. She cooperated closely with Andrew Lloyd-Webber for musicals like Cats and Starlight Express and his requiem. She wrote several classical compositions, music for movies and TV, a musical of her own and songs for the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia and her big band Moving Parts.

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