Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen

Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21700146

Alyn Shipton, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Record Requests said Britain had lost “one its most charismatic bandleaders, and a figurehead of the ‘trad’ movement… With his ready grin, mop-haired appearance and upbeat singing and playing, Kenny Ball was one of the most extrovert and cheery figures in British entertainment,” he said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daPTq-EAp_Q Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen covering When I’m 64 [1967]

AA Bonici booked many swing jazz bands in addition to beat groups. One of those who played for those who came to dance at Two Red Shoes was Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. Kenny was a favourite with Mr. Bonici and audiences around Scotland loved them too. Here’s an autograph from Kenny after one of their performances in Elgin at the Two Red Shoes.kball

“His chart-topping hits of the 1960s brought jazz to a huge audience, and he was a dazzlingly accomplished trumpeter, with one of the most developed techniques in jazz.”

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In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 SCOTBEAT.wordpress.com. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference https://scotbeat.wordpress.com when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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One comment on “Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen
  1. scotbeat says:

    Avril Goodenough: I mostly remember Red Shoes being absolutely packed and not being able to move. The drummer did a stint on his back! It was a fantastic night, so glad to have been there. Avril

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