San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Danny Barker made major contributions to the development of jazz music in America from its beginnings until he passed away in 1994. Born and raised in New Orleans, Mr. Barker moved to New York City when he was 21 and played guitar with the top bands in the burgeoning jazz scene of Harlem. He lived in New York with his wife Blu Lu Barker and their daughter for over 30 years, playing in bands, recording, writing songs and forming new groups. In 1970 he moved back to New Orleans where he continued to record, perform, write and teach. One of his most significant contributions to American music and culture came when he formed the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band which included members of what would become The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Leroy Jones and countless others. The Fairview band heralded the resurgence of brass band music that continues to this day.
This tribute to the great Danny Barker will begin with a panel discussion led by WWNO's Fred Kasten discussing the significance of Mr. Barker's work with musicians Lucien Barbarin, Gregg Stafford, Detroit Brooks and more. The discussion will be followed by a performance with a full traditional jazz band.