Bernardd Stanley “Acker” Bilk
Bernard was an English Clarinetist and vocalist raised in Pensford, Somerset in England. He was born on 28th January 1929 and is referred to as the great Master of the Clarinet'.
One of his popular songs “Stranger on the Shore” is still one of the best jazz musicians of all time. He is famous for his appearance in a goatee bowler hat and a striped waistcoat. He also has a distinct clarinet style because of the three years of national service with Royal Engineers.
He moves to London around 1951 and collaborated with Ken Cooler's band and then later returned West. He then formed his band and named them Valley Jazz. The band was later renamed to”the Bristol Paramount Jazz Band”.
The band made big hits in the United Kingdom and kept at the top of the American charts. Bernard partnered with Kenny Ball and Chris Barber as “the 3Bs” in 2005 and was given the award of BBC Jazz Awards. His albums were Stranger on the shore, Hello Dolly, green sleeves, feelings etc.
Kenneth Daniel Ball
Born in Ilford, Essex in 1930, Kenny Ball was an English Jazz musician known with the band Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. He took the role of bandleader, vocalist, and lead trumpeter. At age fourteen, be started with the trumpet lessons and left school to be a clerk.
He started his music career as a sideman in bands and was also a salesperson. In 1953, he became a professional and was famous for playing the trumpet along with some other artists before he formed his own band in 1958.
In the early 60s, his band took to the forefront and enjoyed a long successful career. Some of the songs from his band London Jazz, Just about as good as it gets etc.
Jazz vibraphonist from British Jamaican descent is another great jazz artist. Famous for playing the saxophone, drums, trumpet, marimba and steel pans. Some of his songs include intro roots, we are a warrior and sharimba's song.
Orphy was a musician, educator, and composer. He started his music career in the 80s and was part of the band big band jazz warriors. He was also one of the original members of British funk band savanna.
He has worked in schools and other large scale education project for over 10 years. He received an award for the entertainer of the year 2017 jazz awards.
Steve was born in 1964 in London and he is famous for being a saxophonist as well as a composer. Popularly known to be one of the most distinctive saxophone voices in contemporary British jazz Steve plays musical instruments like tenor, saxophone, soprano, and keyboards.
He started playing the saxophone as early as the age of sixteen. Steve studied at the London’s Guildhall School of Music where he was tutored by Lionel Grigson. He was a member of the Jazz Band the noted collective British born black jazz musicians called the Jazz Warriors. The albums he released were rhyme time, waltz for Grace and journey to the truth.