Todd Gordon - one of Britain's leading jazz and swing singers
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
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 where I've
had 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 some fantastic
The other major string to my bow is radio presenting. My weekly show, entitled Todd's
Turntable, is syndicated to 24 stations worldwide. It's predominantly vocal jazz/swing with a
few curve balls thrown in along the way.
Further information: www.toddgordon.com
- Carmen McRae - Great American Songbook
- Ella Fitzgerald - Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
- Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers!