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WELCOME TO THE NEW-LOOK KENNY BALL JUNIOR WEBSITE

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Kenny Ball Junior and his Jazzmen

Unfortunately I have decided to take the band off the road at the end of 2015 unless there is a massive upsurge in the genre's popularity. After my Father died I tried to find every way possible to get bookings for the band but due possibly to Dad not being here anymore, an ageing audience and the lack of support from the general media it is impossible for me to secure the services of the guys that have been the Stalwarts of the band.

  This has always been a band of the highest calibre when it comes to the members and to retain that top quality they have to be paid good money for their services. Trying to keep the band going has had a negative affect on my health and also my personal life and I feel I've given it my best shot over the last two years and feel I've made the right choice now. On behalf of the band I'd like to say a big thankyou to all of the public for their kind words of encouragement that we've had at all of our concerts over the last two years. also, a special thank you to John Bennett, Hugh Ledigo, Ben Cummings, Alan and Ian Bateman, Nick Millward, Bill Coleman and Julian Stringle for pulling out all the stops to perform. A mention too for Steve Hughes Management for trying to generate work, and finally to my mate Syd Appleton, tour manager and sound engineer who has helped guide me in the right direction and supported me with the same respect as he had for my Dad since 2000.

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We will be regularly updating this website with news of upcoming dates for the band, and concert reviews until the end of this year.

Although the website is different the band is not and it is Kenny Junior's plan to carry on his father's legacy as long as you, the Kenny Ball fans, want him to. The band is the same as it was when Kenny played his last concert in Chemnitz, Germany on January 21st 2013.

Ben CummingsBen Cummings (right), who had been one of our "2nd" trumpet players along with Peter Rudeforth, Mike Henry and Alan Bateman, has now been asked to fill the boots of Kenny Ball and his appearance and attacking trumpet style has been compared to the great man himself.

John BennettJohn Bennett (left), having spent 55 years with Kenny Snr. is carrying on much to the delight of his many fans, and of course the band. At the moment John is having a course of treatment for a minor cancer condition and is hoping to return in the new year. Ian Bateman is filling in for John until then

Kenny Ball Junior (right) has taken over running his father's world famous Jazzmen as lead vocalist and the energy and enthusiasm for the music is just as entertaining as it always was. We look forward to seeing you in the near future.