Kenny's Jazzmen to play on
A tribute to jazz legend Kenny Ball has been paid by a musician who played in his band for the past 10 years.
Bass player Bill Coleman, who has a home in Wing, Rutland, will be part of the Three B's gig at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, on May 21, when Kenny Ball's Jazzmen will be in a line-up with the Big Chris Barber Band and Acker Bilk.
Kenny was due to host the show but this will now be done by his son, Keith, while his trumpet parts will be played by Ben Cummings of The Jazzmen.
Trumpeter and vocalist Kenny, 82, who had a string of hits in the early 1960s, died from pneumonia in a Basildon hospital on Thursday.
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Bill said: "Kenny was fantastic, spiky, he knew what he wanted, lived life to the full and all the band respected him.
"On the day Kenny died, his son Keith, who sings with the band, sent a message expressing his desire that the band continues."
Bill joined the band 10 years ago, replacing John Benson when a pal, drummer Nick Hayward, asked him if he would be interested. He was formerly a freelance musician.