Tribute to jazz great Kenny Ball

Tribute has been paid to jazz great Kenny Ball who died aged 82 yesterday.

The trumpeter and his band was due to play the Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival, which runs from July 5 to 7.

Owner of Burton Agnes Hall and the event organiser Simon Cunliffe-Lister said: “We were saddened to learn of the deathKe nny Ball. Kenny was to play at the festival.

“The show will go on; Kenny’s Jazzmen will perform celebrating his life and work, with vocalist Keith Ball, Kenny’s son, stepping into his father’s shoes as the frontman.”

Kenny achieved worldwide fame during the trad jazz boom’ of the 60s. Beginning with Samantha in 1960, and most notably with Midnight in Moscow that reached number 2 in the UK and US charts and sold more than one million copies.

Kenny played for more than 50 years.