THE FUNERAL OF KEN SIMS AT ENFIELD CREMATORIUM 13TH APRIL 2017
just to inform you that Ken Sims passed away during the night. Will keep you informed of funeral arrangements. Obviously to early as yet for any details. A great loss for all the ones that new him.
My introduction to jazz was in the 60s, listening to the British trad bands and one of the LPs I still treasure (which everyone should have!) is Ackerís recordings of the late 50s: Gladiolus Rag, Under The Double Eagle, El Abanico, CRE March, Blaze Away etc: a great band showing how ensemble playing should be, and led by Ken Simsí clean driving cornet playing. I played 2nd cornet alongside Ken for 5 years in The Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra until 1973 and learned such a lot from him. He was an exciting player and a great loss to the jazz world. Any obituary will not surpass Kenís own extensive, eloquent and dry witted account of his life that appeared in ďJust JazzĒ Magazine, Oct 2004 Ė July 2005 and July Ė August 2013. He concluded in August with:
ďTo be continued Ė I hope!Ē
Ah well.. RIP Ken.
Dear Fred, I was very sorry to hear that Ken Sims has left us. I have many very happy memories of the Sunday lunchtime sessions in New Brighton when he was leading the Blue Mags and I was on drums. There was some swinging, that's for sure!
am so sad to hear that Ken has passed away. Ken came from my neck of the
woods and was sort of responsible for me taking up cornet. Back in the
day before he left Merseyside to go and join Cy Laurie in London he
played with a band called the Muskrat Jazz band. They had a weekly gig
at the Temple on Dale Street, Liverpool.
Back in July last year Ken played at Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Festival. But due to a mix up by the hotel for his overnight stay and subsequent transport problems, he stayed overnight at one of the Festival Organiserís homes and it was my privilege to chauffeur him next morning back to Ramsgate for his journey back to London. Despite the problems, Ken was as patient, charming and kindly as any man Iíve known and shared with me wonderful snippets from his times in Jazz.
I knew Ken Sims well from the start of his jazz career as we met for lunch each day to chat Trad jazz in a cafť in Lower Bridge St. Chester when he was working at a Chester engineering works tho' I cannot now recall exactly how we first met except that everyone knew everyone else in the local jazz scene.
It was he who suggested that the Original Panama Jazz Band at Wallasey , with which he had been playing , was looking for a base player and as I had just lashed out on a BB Sousa I went along to the Roycroft Dance Hall in my Morgan Threewheeler and was accepted and played with them for several years .
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