Residing in London, John Barnes has been a professional musician for 40 years. He plays saxophone and clarinet but specializes on the baritone sax and also sings a little. The two main bands in his career have been the Alex Welsh Band and the Humphrey Lyttleton Band. During his time with Alex Welsh, he had the pleasure of touring and recording with many great Americans including Earl Hines, Pee Wee Russell, Ruby Braff, Wild Bill Davison, Bud Freeman, Peanuts Hucko and many others.
Barnes has worked only a few times in the U.S. but did the Newport Jazz Festival in 1968. His work has been mainly in the U.K. and Europe, especially Germany. He worked with Spike Robinson many times, and Robinson was in Barnes’ band at the great London Cricket Club for several years where Barnes helped him to understand the game. Barnes is looking forward to joining World Affairs discussions and making some good music.