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Todd Gordon

Aged 44, Todd Gordon was a late arrival to the jazz scene but quickly established himself as “one of Britain’s most popular singers and entertainers” (Scottish Television). An avid Beatles fan until the age of 11, his musical horizons broadened when he heard Frank Sinatra's "Songs for Swingin' Lovers!" album. From that moment, he collected almost every recording by Ol' Blue Eyes whilst expanding his interest in jazz and swing, encompassing numerous other renowned singers and instrumentalists.

Further inspiration came in 1975 when he met Ella Fitzgerald prior to one of her shows. During her concert, she invited him on stage and sang "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" specially to him. Since then, Gordon has been fortunate enough to meet many more of his idols - including Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Woody Herman, George Shearing and Tony Bennett.

Gordon's interest in music and singing was passionate, yet always private. But in 2000, he took part in a week-long vocal jazz workshop and that changed everything. His stage debut came in 2001 at Scotland’s top jazz club and from that moment on, as the cliché goes, he's never looked back.

In 2003, aged 44, he was booked to open for Dionne Warwick during her UK tour, which prompted him to give up his day job organisng trade expos. Since then, Gordon has performed frequently at Britain’s top jazz venues, including The Pizza Express Jazz Room, The 606 in Chelsea and the world- renowned Ronnie Scott’s in London and The Plaza and The Algonquin hotels in New York - where he even did a duet with actor Christopher Walken, singing “I've Got You Under My Skin”.

He also features regularly at major jazz festivals and concerts. Indeed, he was the first-ever Scottish male vocalist to be booked for the London Jazz Festival, with his performance at the Royal Opera House in 2007 - a show which was followed by a sell-out return visit two years later.

Gordon's audiences range from intimate jazz clubs to large-scale shows (he regularly compères and performs at “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle - Britain’s biggest jazz event with an audience of 20,000-plus) and he was also one of four nominees for a national music award alongside classical conductor Ilan Volkov, the pop group Texas and singing sensation, Annie Lennox.

Gordon has performed joint concerts with most of Britain's best female jazz singers including Jacqui Dankworth, Claire Martin, Clare Teal, Elaine Delmar, Tina May, Juliet Roberts etc, as well as American singers Barbara Morrison and Clairdee.

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"Todd Gordon's new album - "Love dot com" - is an enthralling collection of classics and brilliant originals all done in a signature way. Gordon has created, yet again, his own clear aesthetic with witty ideas and that incredibly warm voice we all love. Not only that, he's one of those rare singers where you can actually understand every word he sings. This is awe-inspiring creativity!" - Brent Fischer - Grammy®-winning Producer, Arranger (Michael Jackson, Usher, Prince, Al Jarreau, Joss Stone, Elvis Costello, et al)
“Gordon stands as the guardian of all that is good in the music I love

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Ella Fitzgerald
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Carmen McRae
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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Evergreen

Specific Jazz
2013

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Todd Lennon's Julia -...

Audacious Records
2012

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Helping The Heroes

Specific Jazz
2012

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Helping The Heroes

Specific Jazz
2011

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MOON RIVER to THE...

Audacious Records
2009

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Summer Wind

From: Evergreen
By Todd Gordon

If You Could Read My Mind - with Jacqui Dankworth

From: BALLADS FROM THE MIDNIGHT HOTEL
By Todd Gordon

Somewhere in My Heart

From: Somewhere in My Heart
By Todd Gordon

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