Kenny Ball’s Greatest Hits
Kenny Ball was a big part of Ian’s career. From being an influence on him at an early age, Kenny and Ian became firm friends as Ian’s career progressed. Ian was invited to tour Germany with Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen in the early 1990’s and was very soon covering for regular trombonist John Bennett during a very lengthy period of illness. Once Ian had joined Acker Bilk’s band, they were often on stage together in the famous ‘3B’s’ jazz shows all over Europe and Ian continued to deputise with the band.
After Kenny’s death in 2013, his son Keith Ball continued the band and John Bennett became unavailable due to continued ill-heath. Ian shared his time between Acker Bilk and his other projects, and played for Keith whenever possible, becoming more permanent after Acker retired in 2014.
In September 2017, Keith announced that he would no longer be running Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen and Ian offered to continue the music of Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen in the form of a tribute show, and here it is! The project has the full backing of Keith Ball and is the OFFICIAL Kenny Ball tribute show – accept no substitutes because this show will have the power, showmanship and authenticity of the original band with either Alan Bateman or Ben Cummings in the lead role. All members of the band have experience of playing on the original band, some of them as band members. From time to time we will be featuring past members in the line-up too. We will also be playing in venues that booked the band year after year.
The show is based on the golden years of the band in the 1960’s and therefore has a 4-piece rhythm section and being as all the charts hits of that time will be featured, the show is entitled ‘KENNY BALL’S GREATEST HITS’.