Greatest Trumpet Players from England

Who are the best trumpeters from the English sky? Here is a list of the three greatest trumpet players from England

Kenneth Daniel Ball

Kenneth Daniel Ball is a famous English jazz musician popularly known for his role as the bandleader, lead vocalist and trumpet player in Kenny Ball and his awesome Jazzmen. Kenneth was born in Ilford, Essex and at the age of 14, he abandoned school to work as a clerk in an advertising company while he took trumpet lessons in secret. His career kicked off when he joined a few band as a time-professional side-trumpeter while working as a salesman for an advertising company. He became a full professional in 1953 when he began playing for top bands led by Charlie Galbraith, Eric Delaney, and Terry Lightfoot. Kenneth formed his group Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen in 1958. His group went on to revive jazz music in the UK, and he became very popular.


Barker started playing the trumpet at the early age of 12 and joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at 13. The wunderkind was already playing for the Crouch End Allstars alongside Bob Nadkarni and Wally Fawkes before he turned 15. Barker was very talented; he was tutored by Clark Terry in 1975 and went on to play with the likes of John Dankworth, Gil Evans, Bobby Watson and Lena Horne. He was a member of the Clark Tracey quintet from 1984 to 1992. He played as a sideman with Carla Bley, Georgie Fame, James Carter, Frank Sinatra, Colin Towns, Haircut One Hundred, Chris Botti, Carla Bley, Georgie Fame, Mike Westbrook, The Style Council, Mike Oldfield, Acoustic Alchemy, Natalie Merchant, Ornette Coleman, Stan Tracey, and Kajagoogoo. He formerly had his band which featured a lot of international musicians like Bernardo Sassetti (piano, Portugal), Gene Calderazzo ( drums: United States), and Geoff Gascoyne (bass, United Kingdom)

Gerard Presencer

Presencer first showed his interest in music when he took up the trumpet at the age of nine. He started very early to show his interest in the instrument and was said to have decided to become a trumpeter after listening to Roy Eldridge solo performance in a Philharmonic jazz concert. He was inspired by other great players like Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard. He became the youngest trumpeter to join the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the age of 11. Gerard joined pianist Stan Tracey and his big band at 18 and played an octet, septet, and duo in the live concert at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. The show was released on Blue Note Records. In his active years, Presencer worked with a lot of British musicians. He played with the likes of Norma Winstone, John Dankworth, Peter King, Ronnie Scott and Mike Gibbs. He also played with a lot of international musicians like Chris Potter, Johnny Griffin, Niels-Henning, Orsted Pedersen, Randy Brecker, Red Rodney, Bob Berg, John Abercrombie, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. He joined Charlie Watts in his various jazz groups and recorded five albums with him. He featured in the US3’S Cantaloop, Blue Note’s best-selling album of the 1900s as a soloist. He ended his career with his band.