Remembering John Bennett …

Sadly John Bennett is no longer with us. Yet another Jazz Great Star to depart the scene.
What better way to commemorate him than to repost Alan Bateman’s magical portrait
of him back in his days with Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen.

John Bennett Commemorative Portrait by Alan Bateman

Plus this massively memorable performance of Midnight in Moscow. 

The band cuts a formidable line up, especially John alongside Kenny.

This is one of my all time favourites and how could it not be! It hit the charts in 1962 when I was just 20. It was influential in drawing me into jazz when I lived in Herne Bay, Kent, where so many of the great bands of those years performed at The Kings Hall on The Downs.

Jim Appleton has emailed “John’s funeral will be held at 12.30, Wednesday,
21st June at Enfield Crematory, Great Cambridge Road on the A10.
After at the pub next to the Wyllotts Theatre in Potters Bar.”

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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  1. Zoe Paterson says:

    Good friend of John Bennet and banjo player Martin Boorman died 3rd April. Martin played with Terry Lightfoot, Micky Ashman among many others and had his own jazz band and produced two albums. John wrote a piece for Just Jazz featuring Martin and quoted him as a proper Jazzman. He also stated that he owed Martin a debt for introducing him to the mystery of chords.
    Regards Zoe Paterson Martins daughter.

  2. Kurt Dietrich says:

    In 2005 Advance Music published my book Jazz ‘Bones: The World of Jazz Trombone. Advance Music is changing the book to an ebook. I am updating the appendix, which includes over 400 trombonists, listing birthdates, places, and for many, alas, death dates and places. As I review it, and do searches all over the internet, there are some things I can find, and other things that I cannot find. One I cannot find is the date and place of John Bennett’s death. Can anyone possibly supply me with that information? Thank you for your help.
    Kurt Dietrich

    • Peter Butler says:

      Kurt, I have posted this on my Facebook Jazzers Group which has a large worldwide following in hopes it might help:

      In 2005 Advance Music published my book Jazz ‘Bones: The World of Jazz Trombone. Advance Music is changing the book to an ebook. I am updating the appendix, which includes over 400 trombonists, listing birthdates, places, and for many, alas, death dates and places. As I review it, and do searches all over the internet, there are some things I can find, and other things that I cannot find. One I cannot find is the date and place of John Bennett’s death. Can anyone possibly supply me with that information? Thank you for your help.
      Kurt Dietrich

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