Kenny Ball, jazz trumpeter, dies
Jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball has died at the age of 82 after suffering from pneumonia, his manager has confirmed.
He was best known as the lead trumpet player in the band Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen in the late 1950s and 1960s and for his regular TV appearances with comic duo Morecambe and Wise.
Ball's manager, Les Squire, said that the musician passed away on the morning of 7 March.
"If he could have been on stage tomorrow, he would have been," he said.
Squire said Ball had been ill for a number of weeks and that he had been holding off on bookings until he was better.....Read more