Probably the greatest test of an artist’s success is his durability.
For more than forty years Kenny Ball has flown the flag for his particular brand of Traditional Jazz all over the world. It is a tribute to his stamina and musical integrity that Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen are as popular today as they were back in 1960 when they had their first Chart Hit with Samantha.
From that time on Hit after Hit came pouring out until the final tally was fourteen top thirty records eclipsing even Kenny’s idol the great Louis Armstrong’s total – an achievement which has never been equalled by any other Jazz Artist and which included Midnight in Moscow a Top Two in both the UK and USA.
The band’s popularity was enhanced further by its Four Year spell on the Morecambe and Wise show and Saturday Night at the Mill, both of which were viewed by millions.
Today, mention the name Kenny Ball and everyone knows who he is. He is identified with great jazz but also wonderful entertainment, for Kenny, like Louis Armstrong, believes in making jazz attractive to the general public.
At the time of press he has 19 CD’s currently on sale! Including Kenny Ball in Disneyland. His records continue to sell in the hundreds of thousands!
At the Box Office, where it really counts, Kenny is also still a major attraction and Festival Promoters have now re-discovered his crowd-pulling strength. With over 200 dates a year he continues to appeal to both old and young audiences. Now, his reputation has spread to the Continent where he is in continual demand, playing more than 50 dates throughout Europe each year.
His tours with other Jazz Giants sell out at even the largest venues.
If any proof was needed here it is that KENNY BALL AND HIS JAZZMEN is, undoubtedly, the most successful British jazz band ever!