Barbara Thompson

Barbara Thompson (born July 27, 1944) is an English jazz-rock saxophonist from Oxford who first emerged circa 1969/70 as a guest musician on albums by the Keef Hartley Band and husband Jon Hiseman’s Colosseum. She subsequently joined pianist Neil Ardley‘s backing band and also appeared on recordings by trombonist Michael Gibbs and American soul singer Inez Foxx. In 1975, Thompson co-founded the multinational 10-piece United Jazz+Rock Ensemble; the band issued 10 albums on Mood Records between 1977 and 1999. Just as that was getting underway, Thompson also founded the Latin-rock nine-piece Jubiaba and the jazz-rock quintet Paraphernalia. Both projects yielded self-titled albums on MCA in 1978, the latter serving as her principle vehicle for the subsequent four decades.


  • Jubiaba (1978)
  • Paraphernalia (1978)
  • Wilde Tales (1979)
  • Ghosts (1982 • Rod Argent & Barbara Thompson)
  • Mother Earth (1982)
  • Nightwatch (1983)
  • Shadowshow (1983 • Shadowshow)
  • Pure Fantasy (1984)
  • Heavenly Bodies (1986)
  • Songs from the Center of the Earth (1990)

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