Barbara Thompson 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.
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 stage in 2004 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.
She cooperated closely with Andrew Lloyd-Webber for musicals like Cats and Starlight Express and his requiem. She wrote several classical compositions, music for movies and TV, a musical of her own and songs for the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Barbara ThompsonвЂ™s Paraphernalia and her big band Moving Parts.
1 La Grand Voyage 2 Extreme Jonction 3 Requiem Pour Deux Pilotes 4 Entre Les Trous de La Memoire 5 Les Barricades Mysterieuses 6 Heavenly Bodies 7 Love on the Edge of Life 8 Elysian Fields 9 Flights of Fancy 10 Tibetan Sunrise 11 Horizons New