[Dixielandjazz] Ken Sims RIP
marekboym at gmail.com
Wed Mar 29 18:39:10 EDT 2017
I remember him well - after leaving Bilk he had his own very hot band.
ay he rest in peace.
On 29 March 2017 at 23:10, John Petters <jdpetters at btinternet.com> wrote:
> Dear Friends,
> Ken Sims RIP - The jazz world has lost one of its hottest cornet players.
> A major force on the jazz scene since his days with the Acker Bilk Band in
> the late 50s.
> I met him in about 1974. He helped me in those early years and was on my
> first recording, "Red Hot Jazz", in 1977.
> I subsequently joined the Ken Sims Dixie Kings and played every Saturday
> at the 100 Club.
> Ken was on subsequent recordings with my various bands, including two
> albums of Hymns and spirituals, Hoagy, the Old Music Master and Goin'
> Bananas. We did a live session at the Old Dot Jazz house in Cambridge and a
> session with George Webb at Old Harlow.
> During my days at the Square, Harlow, Ken was a regular guest, often with
> his talented daughters, The Rhythm Girls and on one occasion with Slim
> Gaillard and Al Casey.
> He was on many of my Riverboat Shuffles and most of my festivals.
> We used rib him for his Scouse Patois, a special Simsian language he used
> on stage.
> Of all the line-ups in which we collaborated, perhaps the most exciting
> was with clarinettist, Dave Bailey.
> The two would just explode on stage, producing some of the hottest jazz in
> which I've been involved.
> Ken loved King Oliver and always rose to the occasion when teamed with
> Chez Chesterman and sometimes Cuff Billett in recreations of the Creole
> Jazz Band.
> I send my sincere condolences to Chris and his family in this sad time.
> May he rest in peace.
> John Petters
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