Musical legends and all that Jazz

Kenny Ball
Kenny Ball

Two of the greatest jazzmen Britain has produced — Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball — will be making a welcome return to Buxton Opera House next month.

Acker Bilk – honoured with an MBE in 2001 for his services to music – began his career as a clarinettist in the Ken Colyer Band, before forming the Bristol Paramount Jazz Band.

In 1961 he recorded Stranger on the Shore, the first-ever simultaneous UK and US No.1, which stayed in the charts for an amazing 55 weeks.

With his trademark bowler hat and waistcoat, and with backing from the superb Paramount Jazz Band, Acker continues to delight audiences.

For more than 50 years, Kenny Ball has flown the flag all over the world for his particular brand of traditional jazz.

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, followed by 14 top-30 records, including Midnight in Moscow, and thousands of TV and stage appearances.

These two giants of jazz will perform at Buxton Opera House on Wednesday October 5, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £16.50 and £18.50, with discounts available.

Contact the box office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.