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Danny Barker

Born: Jan 13, 1909

Death: Mar 13, 1994

Birthplace: New Orleans

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Danny Barker

Date of Birth : Jan 13, 1909
Date of Death : Mar 13, 1994
Birth Place : New Orleans

Danny Barker, born Daniel Moses Barker, was a jazz banjoist, singer, guitarist, songwriter, ukulele player and author from New Orleans. Reverend Andrew Darby, Jr. served as Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church at the time that Danny Barker became a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Mr. Barker asked Pastor Darby what would he want him to do in the church. Reverend Darby commissioned 'Brother' Barker to form a Christian Band, composed of young musicians. Thus, The Fairview Christian Marching Band was the brainchild of Reverend Andrew Darby, Jr. Brother Barker went throughout the neighborhood in the area of the church enlisting young musicians. Many young musicians who started in the Fairview Baptist Church have become renowned and seasoned musicians, including, but not limited to, Leroy Jones, Dr. Michael White, Wynton Marsalis, to name a few. Mr. Barker was a rhythm guitarist for some of the best bands of the day, including Cab Calloway, Lucky Millinder and Benny Carter throughout the 1930s. On September 4, 1945 he recorded with Ohio's native jazz pianist—Sir Charles Thompson—a date that included saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker.


  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Author
  • Songwriter
  • Guitarist

Also known as

  • Daniel Moses Barker


  • Lou Barker
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