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Midnight in Moscow – no more

Kenny Ball is gone. He may have been the last jazz trumpeter to have a million-selling hit. It came on every night on Radio Luxemburg as I was doing my homework.

Kenny, who was 82, was celebrating his 50th year on stage.


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  1. The original “Moscow Nights” piece from where he took the melody also used to be played daily on the Russian external broadcast service Radio Moscow in the 1960s 70s and 80s.

    And then of course Van Cliburn played an arrangement of for an encore when he won the Tchaikovsky competition.

  2. End of an era. Good luck for the gig in Grantham. Thinking of you all. RIP Kenny

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