Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band
Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band gained worldwide fame with his hit singles 'Stranger On The Shore' in 1962 (it stayed in the charts for 55 weeks and was the first number 1 hit in UK and USA simultaneously) and 'Aria' in 1976. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band are one of the most successful British Jazz Groups ever. In 2001 Acker was honoured with an MBE for his services to the Music Industry.
Acker Bilk has successfully integrated the top 'younger' jazz talent in the UK into the band with the introduction of Enrico Tomasso (Trumpet), Ian Bateman (Trombone) and John Day (Bass) to the line-up, which includes the ever-present Ritchie Bryant (Drums) and Colin Wood (Piano). The band has a new vitality which is guaranteed to make any event go with a swing.
Although Acker will always be synonymous with the famous Bowler Hat and Waistcoat, Acker is a serious and dedicated musician, and exceptionally professional. Last word from Acker “I still find it hard to believe I am getting paid for doing what I love most in the World” - This Great Master of the Clarinet has a style which is unique
Band Web Site: www.ackersmusicagency.co.uk