On 11 December 2016, big band favourite Guy Barker filled the Royal Albert Hall with swinging and soulful sounds at our first big band Christmas concert!

Featuring well-known music from Count Basie to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Louis Prima, plus plenty of Christmas favourites, Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas brought a host of international jazz guest stars to the stage.

Vanessa Haynes at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Clarke Peters and Kurt Elling at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Clarke Peters at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Guy Barker at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Soweto Kinch at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas

The talented jazz trumpeter, composer and band leader Guy Barker and his 40-strong band of international jazz musicians shared the spotlight with a brilliant and diverse range of soloists.

Singer, broadcaster and one of Britain’s best loved jazz artists Clare Teal co-presented the evening, and sang alongside Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, lead singer of Incognito Vanessa Haynes, award winning alto-saxophonist Soweto Kinch, actor and performer Clarke Peters, and a cappella band Accent.

‘The concert was a hugely successful celebration of both jazz and the different aspects of Christmas that filled the audience with joy and really got the festive season going. A Christmas cracker of a concert!’
★★★★★
www.broadwayworld.com

Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Kurt Elling at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Kurt Elling at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Clare Teal at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Clare Teal at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas

‘Barker led a classy orchestra and special guests, including Kurt Elling and Soweto Kinch, for this festive celebration in which Incognito’s Vanessa Haynes stole the show.’
★★★★
The Guardian

‘…ensemble work and huge production values (full marks for the lighting crew) gave us a glimpse of why big band music used to be the voice of a generation.’
★★★★
The Times

‘Whisper it quietly, but this could just possibly be the start of a new tradition.’
www.londonjazznews.com

Accent at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Accent at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Vanessa Haynes at Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas
Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas

Photos: Andy Paradise