"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."
Down under Kenny Ball , along with Acker Bilk and Chris barber were for many what passed for Jazz and was a staple of light entertainment programs especially from Britain. This for people of my generation songs like Kenny ball's Midnight in Moscow were some of the first JAZZ we ever heard. Ball was of the generation the pre war pre bop jazz and never really left that. Not my cup of tea but the man had a 60 year career and was popular in Britain and the dominions. RIP Kenny ..blow for gabriel