Alan Barnes

No Birmingham jazz festival would be complete without the outstanding saxophonist/clarinettist Alan Barnes whose career since leaving Humphrey Lyttelton’s Band in 1992 has seen him playing with many top American jazzmen, collecting British awards galore in at least five categories, running his own Woodville record label and pursuing and active and successful career as composer and arranger. Birmingham audiences will especially remember his Marbella Jazz Suite and for some years years he worked closely with the late Alan Plater, most recently on their play with songs, Looking for Buddy, at Newcastle’s Live Theatre in 2009. Alan has re-visited the music of jazz greats from Benny Goodman to Cannonball Adderley as well as being a highly distinctive and original soloist in his own right – and, in his role as compere of such festivals as Scarborough, is clearly developing an alternative career as stand-up comedian in the droll Lancashire tradition.

Alan appears as part of the StarCity Swing Session at 7pm on Friday 5th