Julian Bray writes: Very sad to hear that Kenny Ball, 82, has died especially as we have tickets for the gig at Key Theatre Peterborough on 28th March!
I first recall seeing him live several times at the Pavilion Ballroom, Ayr, Scotland in the early 60's, and been a fan ever since. Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen had several huge hits including Midnight in Moscow.
They have toured constantly over the last 50 years, and indeed were part of the way through a special 50th Anniversary UK and European tour. The good news is that the show will go on, with Kennys musician son Keith Ball, leading what will be a unique and moving celebration of his Dads' jazz half century.
The following notice has now been posted on Kennys' website:
The jazz legend, Kenny Ball, died peacefully at the age of 82 at 7:35 am on 7th March 2013 in Basildon Hospital from pneumonia. Betty and his three children were at his bedside.
Ken's son, Keith Ball, has been 'fronting' the Jazzmen whilst Ken has been in hospital. Ken's wish is that Keith and the jazzmen carry on Kenny's music which Kenny has been playing for the past 55 years.
Les Squires Kenny Ball Management