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Jacqui Dankworth

Daughter of the legendary jazz musician and composer Sir John Dankworth and International singing star Dame Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth was brought up either on the road or by a succession of Spanish nannies. To Jacqui the positives of the entertainment world attracted more than the negatives repelled. There was never any question that she wouldn’t follow her parents into show business . The only surprise was into which area she choose to go. Jacqui Dankworth’s first forays onto the stage were as an actress, and a successful one at that. For many years Jacqui worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and John Dexter's Company playing a multitude of critically acclaimed roles

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Linley Hamilton: Strings Attached

Read "Linley Hamilton: Strings Attached" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Nearly all recordings are labours of love. Passion and a huge amount of work are the essential ingredients. Some recordings in particular, however, mark the realization of a life-long dream. For Northern Irish trumpeter, BBC jazz broadcaster and university lecturer Linley Hamilton, Making Other Arrangements (Teddy D Records, 2018) is just such a recording.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Todd Gordon: love dot com

Read "love dot com" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

love dot com is an album of standards and contemporary jazz/pop songs from Scottish vocalist Todd Gordon. It follows his 2012 release with the Royal Air Force Squadronaires, Helping the Heroes (Specific Jazz) but while that album featured a big band and a series of top-flight guest singers, love dot com is a much gentler affair. ...

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Uk's Newest Vocal Jazz Event Within The World's Biggest Arts Festival

Uk's Newest Vocal Jazz Event Within The World's Biggest Arts Festival

THE BRITISH VOCAL JAZZ FESTIVAL Live at Le Monde (16 George Street, Edinburgh) Aug 5-6 - CAROL KIDD sings Cole Porter, with BRIAN KELLOCK Aug 7 - IAN SHAW sings Joni Mitchell Aug 8 - GWYNETH HERBERT - new album launch: Sea Cabinet Aug 12 - NIKI KING & HER BAND: Duke Ellington Songbook Aug 13-14 ...

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Take Five With Todd Gordon

Read "Take Five With Todd Gordon" reviewed by Todd Gordon

Meet Todd Gordon:In just a few years, Todd Gordon has 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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Royal Air Force Squadronaires And Todd Gordon: Helping The Heroes

Read "Helping The Heroes" reviewed by Ian Patterson

One of the UK's premiere big bands, the Royal Air Force Squadronaires' roots date to 1939 when some of London's top jazz and dance band musicians were recruited to form the Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra, more popularly known as the Squadronaires. The band toured war-torn Europe to raise troop morale following the Allied Normandy Landings ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Royal Air Force Squadronaires And Todd Gordon: Helping The Heroes

Read "Helping The Heroes" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Helping The Heroes, from singer Todd Gordon and the Royal Air Force Squadronaires, has the authentic, swinging, sound of a great big band. The guest singers showcase the range of vocal talent on the UK scene, and the album has its heart fairly and squarely in the right place, too, having been recorded in support of ...

It Happens Quietly

Label: Specific Jazz
Released: 2011
Track listing: A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square; In The Still of the Night; It Happens Quietly; I'm Glad There Is You; A Love Like Ours; My Foolish Heart; Make Someone Happy; Blame It On My Youth; Ill Wind; At Last; The Man; The Folks Who Live On The Hill.

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

It's Our Generations

Read "It's Our Generations" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's been a strange summer here in the UK. To be fair, that description can be applied with no trace of irony to almost any British summer--and the summer of 2011 seems to have been a strange one for much of the world. But this is a JazzLife UK article, and parochial concerns are paramount, thus ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jacqui Dankworth: I Can't Help Pouring My Heart Out

Read "Jacqui Dankworth: I Can't Help Pouring My Heart Out" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Jacqui Dankworth is one of Britain's finest singers; a strikingly effective interpreter of lyrics blessed with a superb voice and the talent to delve deep into the emotional heart of a song. Whether it's nature or nurture, it's not too surprising that the daughter of Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine should have developed such ...


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