THE Royal Hall is a fitting venue name for an act with such regal experience.
Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen are veterans of Prince Charles and Princess Dianas Wedding Ball, a high point of a musical career that has spanned decades.
The six-piece ensemble are bringing their touring show to Douglas next week, at the Villa Marina on Wednesday (May 16), for a night of original traditional jazz from a band with no fewer than 14 top 30 records to their name.
Led by trumpet player and vocalist Kenny Ball, the line-up includes Bill Coleman on double bass, Nick Millward on drums and vocals, Andy Cooper on clarinet and vocals, Hugh Ledigo on piano and vocals and Jazzmen co-founder John Bennett on trombone.
Now 83, Essex-born Kenny retained his interest in trumpet playing through a period in National Service, to become a professional musician by the age of 21. His traditional tastes were complemented by Dixieland and Chicago styles, with his favourite players cited as being Bix Beiderbecke, Bobby Hackett and the great Louis Armstrong.
Chart success in the 1960s forever cemented Kennys place in annals of musical history, on the back of hits such as Midnight in Moscow top two on both sides of the Atlantic Samantha, So Do I and From Russia With Love. More than 50 years on and the appeal is evidently enduring Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen play an impressive 200 gigs a year.