Celebrating the life and musical legacy of virtuoso saxophonist, composer and bandleader Barbara Thompson MBE in music and song. This unmissable event brings together performers from the Jazz, Rock and Contemporary Classical worlds drawing upon Barbara’s rich and diverse catalogue and decades-spanning career as a performer, composer and all-round force of nature.
A distinctive presence on the British music scene, her well-documented battle with Parkinson’s disease and subsequent death in 2022 prompted tributes from all corners of the music world.
“Formidably talented saxophonist at the heart of many jazz line-ups who blazed a trail for female instrumentalists”
John Fordham’s obituary, The Guardian
“…one of the most inspirational women and saxophonists I know…”
Jess Gillam MBE
Together with new interpretations of Barbara’s work from British saxophonist and BBC radio broadcaster Jess Gillam, her critically-acclaimed band Paraphernalia will be joined on stage with Gary Husband on drums and guest saxophonists Emma Rawizc, Snake Davis, Tom Ridout, Andy Scott and Kim Cypher alongside performances by colleagues from Colosseum – the Jazz/Rock fusion band founded by her husband drummer Jon Hiseman, their daughter singer/songwriter Ana Gracey and more recent collaborations with chamber music trio Trifarious, String Quartet, the Raschèr and Marici Saxophone Quartets, her 12 piece Saxophone Orchestra and 50+ strong choir Big Sky.
Ticket sales and donations on the night will go to Cure Parkinson’s.