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Todd Gordon

Todd Gordon - one of Britain's leading jazz and swing singers

About Me

I had been an avid Beatles fan until, aged 11, my mother played her copy of Frank Sinatra's “Songs for Swingin' Lovers!” The fact that I couldn’t hear him take a breath intrigued me. Almost by osmosis, albums by Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Count Basie and Carmen McRae too. But that was just the start.

In 1975, I met Ella Fitzgerald prior to her concert in my home town of Edinburgh (Scotland) and, towards the end of her performance, she invited me on stage and sang a song to me. It was a life-changing experience and over the next 25 years, jazz, swing and the American Songbook became my intense passion. I started taking singing lessons but it was purely for private and personal enjoyment. Little did I know that in 2001, I would make my jazz gig debut. From then on, I just started elevating my goals!

In 2003, I was booked to open for Dionne Warwick which prompted me to give up my day job organizing trade expos. Since then, I have performed in some great venues including The Algonquin in New York to London's Ronnie Scott's and Cadogan Hall with several sell-out concerts, and have recently performed in Malaysia, Italy, Israel, Germany, Belgium and France.

With five albums and well over 500 concert appearances under my belt, I feel incredibly fortunate. And it's the exciting prospect of never knowing where the next turn will lead to; one of my recordings was licensed as a theme song for a highly popular Korean TV drama series which resulted in concerts in Seoul and a new album with fantastic Korean musicians.

A new album is in the pipeline for 2020 featuring an eclectic mix of material including a few new songs.

The other major string to my bow is radio presenting. My weekly show, entitled Todd's Turntable, is syndicated to some 20 stations worldwide. It's predominantly vocal jazz/swing with a few curve balls thrown in along the way.

Further information: www.toddgordon.com www.toddsturntable.com

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