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Thursday, March 07, 2013

RIP Kenny Ball

Many years ago, at Newcastle City Hall, I was sitting on the stage, behind the Sid Phillips Band Came the interval and, as the band left the stage,. the trumpet player said to me, "Isn't it hot?" I said, "Sure is" and thus ended my one and only conversation with Kenny Ball. Strange that I've remembered that over all these years.
Kenny Ball wasn't your average trad trumpet player but a skilled pro who also worked with Eric Delaney.
At the height of the "Trad Boom" he had lots of hits which turned many of the purists against him - the "it can't be good it's popular" brigade.
In recent years the Kenny Ball Jazzmen made several visits to The Sage as part of the 3Bs package - with fellow Octos Barber and Bilk. - most recently just last December. Kenny was but a shadow of his former self yet still put on a show.
Sadly missed
Kenny Ball died earlier today aged 82.
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Kenny Ball @ Ned Kelly's 1977 (courtesy of Colin A.)
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1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Peter Gascoigne with Vieux Carre played weekly at The Golden Lion, Winlaton Mill in the 1970s. I used to go most weeks with a couple of pals. Great days they were. Clive Grey playing some great and highly amusing banjo, Jimmy Stewart on drums, Roy Willis on guitar. Well one night a chap came in with his partner and another acquaintance.
The whisper went round - isn't that Kenny Ball? Well it was and of course he was invited to play and sat in for 2 or 3 tunes and played great. It caused quite a stir. Nice memories. The pub has recently been renamed The Red Kite.
Roly

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