Guy Barker

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Guy Barker
Guy Barker & Jean Toussaint.jpg
Guy Barker and Jean Toussaint in 2007
Background information
Born (1957-12-26) 26 December 1957 (age 56)
Chiswick, London United Kingdom
Occupation(s) Musician, Composer, Bandleader
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1975–present
Labels Jazz, Jazz fusion, pop, rock
Associated acts Clark Tracey

Guy Barker (born 26 December 1957) is an English jazz trumpeter and composer. Barker was born in Chiswick, London, the son of an actress and a stuntman. He started playing the trumpet at the age of twelve, and within a year had joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. After lessons from Clark Terry in 1975, Barker went on in the 1980s to play with John Dankworth, Gil Evans (with whose orchestra he toured and recorded in 1983), Lena Horne and Bobby Watson.

Barker was a member of Clark Tracey's quintet from 1984 to 1992, and continues to play with Tracey, as well as with Tracey's father Stan. As a sideman he has played with many major musicians and groups, including Ornette Coleman, Carla Bley, Georgie Fame, James Carter, Mike Westbrook, Frank Sinatra, Colin Towns, Natalie Merchant, ABC, The The, Haircut One Hundred, Erasure, Chris Botti, Wham!, Kajagoogoo, The Housemartins, Matt Bianco, Alphaville, The Moody Blues, Sting, Bucks Fizz, Mike Oldfield, Cleo Laine, Acoustic Alchemy, and XTC.

Previously, his own band has featured an international mix of musicians – Perico Sambeat (alto saxophone; Spain), Bernardo Sassetti (piano; Portugal), Geoff Gascoyne (bass, United Kingdom), and Gene Calderazzo (drums; United States)

More recently he has toured the Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra – a 15 piece big band featuring Rosario Giuliani (alto saxophone; Italy) and Per Johansson (tenor saxophone; Sweden) - performing DZF, a reworking of Mozart's Magic Flute with Michael Brandon narrating the story as a Raymond Chandler style pulp fiction novel, retold by Robert Ryan

Guy Barker was Musical Director / Arranger for the opening gala concert "Jazz Voice : Celebrating a century of song" at the London Jazz Festival in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He was also Musical Director / Arranger on a number of BBC Radio 2 Friday night is music night shows featuring the Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra with the BBC Concert Orchestra, celebrating the music of Billie Holiday[1] / Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn[2] / Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield[3] / Jazz Royalty to celebrate the Wedding of William and Kate[4]


  • 1991: Isn't It?
  • 1994: Into the Blue
  • 1996: Timeswing
  • 1998: What Love Is
  • 1999: The Talented Mr Ripley — Soundtrack
  • 2001: Soundtrack
  • 2007: The Amadeus Project

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  1. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - Friday Night is Music Night, 02/05/2008". 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - Friday Night is Music Night, 01/05/2009". 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - Friday Night is Music Night, Ella, Aretha, Dusty and Me". 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  4. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - Friday Night is Music Night, Jazz Royalty Special". 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 

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