Barbara Thompson (musician)

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Barbara Thompson
2010-11-01 Colosseum, Brueckenforum, Bonn IMG 6440 Barbara Thompson.jpg
Barbara Thompson in 2010
Background information
Birth name Barbara Gracey Thompson
Born (1944-07-27)July 27, 1944
Oxford, England
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1964–present
Labels MCA, Mood, Intuition
Associated acts United Jazz + Rock Ensemble, Paraphernalia, Jubiaba, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Moving Parts, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Colosseum
Website www.temple-music.com

Barbara Gracey Thompson MBE is an English jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer. 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. Since 1967, she has been married to drummer Jon Hiseman of Colosseum.[1]

Career[edit]

Around 1970, Thompson was part of Neil Ardley's New Jazz Orchestra[2][3] and appeared on albums by Colosseum.[4] Starting in 1975, she was involved in the foundation of three bands:

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.[5] After a period of working as a composer exclusively, she returned to the stage in 2003[8] 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. Since 2004 she has been a permanent member of Colosseum.[citation needed]

Thompson has worked closely with Andrew Lloyd Webber on musicals[5] such as Cats and Starlight Express and on his Requiem. She has written several classical compositions, music for film and television, a musical of her own and songs for the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia and her big band Moving Parts.

She played the incidental music in the popular ITV police series A Touch of Frost starring David Jason. She also played flute on Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.

Since 1967, Thompson has been married to Colosseum drummer Jon Hiseman. Their son Marcus was born in 1972, and their daughter Anna (now known as singer/songwriter Ana Gracey) in 1975.[1]

Discography[edit]

Barbara Thompson, 1992
Year Album Performer
1966 The Man Who Took the Valise Off the Floor of Grand Central Station at Noon The She Trinity
1968 Angle Howard Riley Trio
1969 Valentyne Suite Colosseum
1970 Daughter of Time Colosseum
1970 Michael Gibbs Michael Gibbs
1971 Little Big Band Keef Hartley Band
1973 The Beginning – Vol. 6: Keef Hartley Band Keef Hartley Band
1976 The Roaring Silence Manfred Mann's Earth Band
1976 Kaleidoscope of Rainbows Neil Ardley
1977 Live in Schuetzenhaus United Jazz + Rock Ensemble
1977 NDR Jazzworkshop '77 Various Artists
1978 Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
1978 Barbara Thompson's Jubiaba Barbara Thompson
1978 Variations Andrew Lloyd Webber
1978 Harmony of the Spheres Neil Ardley
1978 Teamwork United Jazz + Rock Ensemble
1979 Wilde Tales Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
1979 Tell Me On a Sunday Marti Webb
1979 The Break Even Point United Jazz + Rock Ensemble
1980 Live in Concert Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
1980 Chance Manfred Mann's Earth Band
1981 Cats Andrew Lloyd Webber
1981 Live in Berlin United Jazz + Rock Ensemble
1981 Zwischenbilanz –Das Beste aus den Jahren 1977 –1981 United Jazz + Rock Ensemble
1982 Mother Earth Barbara Thompson
1982 Ghosts Barabara Thompson/Rod Argent
1983 Cool Cat Jeff Wohlgenannt and Friends
1983 Requiem Andrew Lloyd Webber
1984 Pure Fantasy Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
1984 United Live Opus Sechs United Jazz + Rock Ensemble
1985 Frauen – Power Various Artists
1985 Shadow Show Barbara Thompson/Rod Argent
1985 Live im Berliner Metropol – Theater Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
1986 Heavenly Bodies Barbara Thompson
1986 Ganz schoen heiss, Man! About Time Too! Jon Hiseman
1987 Highlights II United Jazz + Rock Ensemble
1988 A Cry from the Heart Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia Live in London
1990 Songs from the Center of the Earth Barbara Thompson
1991 Perspective '92 Various Artists
1991 Breathless Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
1992 Round Seven United Jazz + Rock Ensemble
1993 Everlasting Flame Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
1995 Barbara Song Barbara Thompson and the Medici String Quartet
1995 Lady Saxophone Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
1996 Die Neunte von United United Jazz + Rock Ensemble
1996 Women's Music from Celestial Harmonies Various Artists
1998 Shifting Sands Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
1998 The Sound Inside / Music and Architecture Various Artists
1999 X United Jazz + Rock Ensemble
2000 Thompson's Tangos and Other Soft Dances Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
2001 Cuff Clout Kate Westbrook and Mike Westbrook
2003 In the Eye of a Storm Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
2004 2006 Manfred Mann '06 with Manfred Mann's Earth Band
2005 Never Say Goodbye Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia
2007 Live 05 Colosseum
2011 George Martin Presents Barbara Thompson
2014 Live '05 (DVD) Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Barbara Thompson biography at www.temple-music.com. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  2. ^ Neil Ardley at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  3. ^ New Jazz Orchestra: Camden '70 – credits at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  4. ^ Barbara Thompson – credits at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  5. ^ a b c d Mathieson, Kenny (April 2001). "British Beat: Saxophonist Barbara Thompson". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 2001-12-26. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  6. ^ United Jazz + Rock Ensemble at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  7. ^ Jubiaba – credits at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  8. ^ Colosseum live at Rockpalast, September 27, 2003 (YouTube)

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