Barbara Thompson (musician)
|Barbara Gracey Thompson|
Barbara Thompson in 2010
|Born||Oxford, United Kingdom|
|Occupation(s)||Saxophonist, flautist, composer|
|Associated acts||Rod Argent
United Jazz and Rock Ensemble
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.
- United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, a 'band of bandleaders' with Wolfgang Dauner (p), Volker Kriegel (g), Albert Mangelsdorff (tb), Eberhard Weber (b), Ian Carr (tp), Charlie Mariano (sax), Ack van Rooyen (tp) and Jon Hiseman (dr).
- Barbara Thompson's Jubiaba (9 piece Latin/rock band) including Peter Lemer, Roy Babbington, Henry Lowther, Ian Hamer, Derek Wadsworth, Trevor Tomkins, Bill Le Sage, Glyn Thomas.
- Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia, her current working band with Peter Lemer (p), Billy Thompson (v), Dave Ball (b) and Jon Hiseman on drums.
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. After a period of working as a composer exclusively, she returned to the stage in 2003 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.
Thompson has worked closely with Andrew Lloyd Webber on musicals 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.
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- The Man Who Took The Valise Off The Floor Of Grand Central Station At Noon - The She Trinity (1966)
- Angle- Howard Riley Trio (1968)
- Valentyne Suite- Colosseum (1969)
- Daughter of Time- Colosseum (1970)
- Michael Gibbs- Michael Gibbs (1970)
- Little Big Band -Keef Hartley Band (1971)
- The Beginning – Vol. 6: Keef Hartley Band- Keef Hartley Band (1973)
- Saxophone on The Roaring Silence- Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1976)
- Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows- Neil Ardley (1976)
- Live Im Schuetzenhaus- United Jazz and Rock Ensemble (1977)
- NDR Jazzworkshop '77- Various Artists (1977)
- Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia- Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia(Roy Babbington, Harold Fisher, Colin Dudman) MCA MCF 2852(1978)
- Barbara Thompson's Jubiaba- Barbara Thompson (1978)
- Barbara Thompson biography at www.temple-music.com. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- Neil Ardley at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- New Jazz Orchestra: Camden '70 – credits at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- Barbara Thompson – credits at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- Mathieson, Kenny (April 2001). "British Beat: Saxophonist Barbara Thompson". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 2001-07-10. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- United Jazz + Rock Ensemble at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- Jubiaba – credits at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- Colosseum live at Rockpalast, September 27, 2003 (YouTube)