Charity music festival in memory of Michael “Jazz” Ball raises thousands of pounds for three cancer charities

Michael Jazz Ball

Michael Jazz Ball - Credit: Archant

A charity music festival held earlier this year in memory of a much loved musician has so far raised more than £5,500.

Family, friends and fans of Wisbech musician and guitar teacher Michael “Jazz” Ball, who died of cancer in February 2012, organised the festival as a tribute to him and to support three cancer charities - Marie Curie Nurses, Macmillan Nurses and Cancer Research UK.

The Jazz Ball Committee, made up of family and friends, formed in October last year and after nine months of planning the festival was held at Wisbech Town Football Club on June 23, drawing a sell out crowd of 500 people.

Seven bands played on the day including The Jazz Ball All Stars, who offered a journey through Jazz’s life as a musician and the bands he played in.

A raffle was held with prizes donated by Fenland businesses and friends, T-shirts and other memorabilia were sold and there was a cake stall, book stall and tombola.


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An official DVD of the event has also been made, with proceeds going to the three charities.

Sofia Ezequiel, of The Jazz Ball Charity Committee, said: “We would like to thank everyone that helped make the day the great success that it was.

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“Thank you to everyone who made very generous donations, gave time to help the committee put the event together, helped on the day and turned up and enjoyed the festival.”

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