Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic, seemingly effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui’s unique musical palette also draws on folk, soul, classical, blues, and numerous other influences. Reviewers have described her as “incomparable”, “multi-faceted” and “…one of our finest singers, regardless of category.” (Sunday Times)
Jacqui’s most recent CD, Live To Love, has garnered rave reviews and features many of her own original compositions. Recent concert appearances have included New Year’s Eve 2014 with the Liverpool Philharmonic, a special performance of her “Songs Of Stage and Screen” programme with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Cadogan Hall in London with members the RPO and the BBC Big Band, and as guest vocalist on Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night. In 2013, Jacqui appeared as Eleanor in The Opera Company’s new production of Alben Berg’s Lulu (entitled “American Lulu”) with the London Sinfonietta. Tour dates included the Edinburgh Festival, the Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria, and the Young Vic in London. Recent television appearances include live performances and interviews on BBC Breakfast, the Paul O’Grady Show, and The One Show. Jacqui is constantly touring and performing with her own band throughout the UK and is currently at work on her next album, to be released in 2016.
Jacqui is also an accomplished actor, having performed leading parts with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and in London’s West End. Highlights include the part of Cinderella in Steven Sondheim’s London premier of Into The Woods, Sophisticated Ladies (a celebration of the music of Duke Ellington) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses with the RSC. In 2012 Jacqui appeared as Rosa in the second series ofThe Borgias starring Jeremy Irons (Showtime TV) and made a cameo appearance in the film Les Miserables directed by Tom Hooper.
Jacqui has performed and recorded with a diverse array of celebrated musicians, including the Brodsky Quartet, Courtney Pine, Marvin Hamlisch, Paloma Faith, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Gretchen Parlato, Clare Teale, Georgie Fame, David Gordon, Charlie Wood, Gregory Porter, The London Symphony Orchestra, and legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea.
“Jacqui Dankworth doesn’t confine herself to singing jazz; she is gracefully at ease in folk music and semi classical contexts, as well as being an imaginative interpreter of standards. But in all her incarnations, she exhibits a subtle control of dynamics and a voluptuous tonal richness that seems to make almost any material sound special.”
– John Fordham (The Guardian)
“Live To Love” SPEC018
“It Happens Quietly” SPEC014
“Back To You” Audacious ARJD 10061
“Detour Ahead” CCD 79796
“As The Sun Shines Down on Me” Candid CCD79788