A living legend, Acker Bilk has been a presence on the British, and worldwide, jazz scene for many years. And what a presence he’s been! The great clarinetist cut an imposing image even when he didn’t play and sing. But now, the veteran’s tenure’s come to an end, and Acker decided to gracefully retire. Not before his final bow, though, and today’s Bilk’s press office issued an official statement.
It goes like this:
After over 60 odd years of performing his music all over the world it is with sadness that Acker Bilk has decided to hang up his boots and retire from public performing.
It is not an easy decision for Acker. His health has caught up with him and he is not as strong as he used to be, but at the grand age of 85 he has done his bit for music and jazz that he loves so very much.
Acker has not played in public since the Brecon Festival back in August 2013, where he received standing ovations from a packed house both before and after the concert – a fitting finale to a great career. The final date of his current PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND, which Acker says is one of the best bands he has ever had, will be on Thursday 12th June 2014, which will be a tribute to all Acker’s music and Acker hopes his many fans will attend this special concert and listen to his excellent musicians.
Lastly, Acker would like to thank his loyal fans all over the world for their support and love during his long and eventful career.
Thanks for your support!
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