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When Kenny Ball and John Bennett co-founded a trad jazz band back in 1958, little did they know that more than 50 years later they would still be recording together and enjoying a strong and enduring partnership built on firm friendship, shared musical philosophy and total respect, not to mention a wicked and highly infectious sense of humour.Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, with Kenny playing trumpet and John on trombone, had a string of hits during the 1960s including ‘Midnight in Moscow’, which sold over one million copies and earned gold disc status. This early success set the band on the road to international stardom, rubbing shoulders with many music legends, and guaranteed their place as one of the most influential bands in the history of trad jazz.The dynamic duo share their hugely entertaining Musical Skylarks memoirs in a style that will engage all readers, jazz fans or not, with hilariously funny anecdotes about on-stage and behind-the-scenes antics and myriad fascinating characters leaping out of every page. What will become clear is that the wild times didn’t start with the rock ’n’ roll era and the band’s signature tune definitely wasn’t ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’!

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