Thank you to Peter Vacher for forwarding this message from Randy Sandke:
Ken Vail, R.I.P.
I’m very sad to report that Ken Vail died at his home near Cambridge, England today from bone cancer. Many of you may know Ken through his jazz books, such as the “Diary” series of Dizzy, Bird, Duke Ellington and others. Those fortunate to have known him personally will remember him as soft-spoken, fiercely intelligent, and a dear friend to anyone who shared his many interests. Ken was a fixture on many a jazz cruise. He was also a wonderful artist who illustrated and designed many of his books. I first met Ken when he was booking musicians for a concert series in Cambridge. I, and his many friends, will miss him dearly.