13th April 2018 Norden Farm Maidenhead
Jacqui Dankworth and Butterfly’s Wing
WHY? ‘The most expressive voice of her generation’ The Observer
WHY? ‘The most expressive voice of her generation’ The Observer
Given her musical pedigree – daughter of Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth – it is no surprise that Jacqui is firmly positioned as one of the UK’s foremost jazz vocalists. In this very special and intimate evening of world-class music, Jacqui celebrates the most iconic vocalists of the Twentieth Century, the singers who defined ‘The Great American Songbook’ – including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee. Featuring the classic numbers that made them international stars, alongside stylish re-workings of lesser-known gems, she shares with us the music of these ‘Jazz Sirens’
JAZZ SIRENS – JACQUI DANKWORTH
FRIDAY 16TH MARCH
DOORS 7.30PM | SHOW STARTS 8PM
Given her musical pedigree, daughter of Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth, it is no surprise that Jacqui is firmly positioned as one of the UK’s foremost jazz vocalists.
In this very special and intimate evening, Jacqui turns her attention to the most iconic vocalists of the Twentieth Century and the singers who defined ‘The Great American Songbook’ – including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee. Through a diverse repertoire arranged and curated by Jacqui, the concert celebrates their music, whose legacy and influence defined a classic era of jazz singing. Featuring the numbers that made them international stars, alongside stylish reworkings of lesser-known gems, this is an evening of world-class music celebrating the ‘Jazz Sirens’.
‘Had I not been sitting about three feet away from the action, I would have suspected some kind of electronic trickery because the arrangement was so complex, the timing so nifty and Ms Dankworth’s vocal control so exquisite’. The Observer
Join us for a delicious pre-concert supper at selected concerts in the Season. Enjoy a hot main course and glass of wine or soft drink at the Centre and meet other music lovers. Evenings are priced at £20 and include food, drink and small donation to the 20th Anniversary Appeal.
Grammy-Award winning singer, Jacqui Dankworth is joined by an all-star line up: composer and jazz pianist David Gordon, Mercury-nominated Ben Davis and Christian Garrick, widely recognised as the country’s leading jazz violinist in their ensemble Butterfly’s Wing.
Performing songs and pieces from their brand-new album Le Depart due for release in 2018, these four fantastic musicians entice with a wonderfully transparent sound-world, a panoply of seductive rhythms and cutting-edge improvisation.
Jacqui Dankworth (voice)
David Gordon (piano)
Christian Garrick (violin)
Ben Davis (cello)
For this irresistible feast of songs, Grammy-Award-winning singer, Jacqui Dankworth, is joined by an all-star line-up: award-winning composer and jazz pianist, David Gordon; Ben Davis, whose group Basquiat Strings have been Mercury-nominated; and Christian Garrick, widely recognised as the country’s leading jazz violinist.
Four fantastic musicians, a wonderfully transparent sound-world – by turns magical, witty, powerful – and a panoply of seductive rhythms, cutting-edge improvisation and lyrics, at once heart-rending, joyous and surreal.
A very special evening featuring one our most beloved actors, a highly respected poet and one of the UK’s finest vocalists and three leading musicians. A key figure in the poetry reading scene of the 60s and described by The Times as a “champion of poetry”, Jeremy Robson’s most recent book Subject Matters includes poems on Paris in the 50s, his friend Ron Moody, CND rallies, Roy Rogers and much more. It follows his highly praised 2014 volume Blues in the Park, described by Bel Mooney in the Daily Mail as “the work of a poet whose wide-ranging experience, transmuted into fluent, accessible poems will strike a harmonious chord with a great many readers”.
He will be joined in reading his poems by Olivier-winner Maureen Lipman, most recently seen in the West End directing her late husband Jack Rosenthal’s The Knowledge and acting in Lettice and Lovage, who will also include some of her own much-loved monologues and perhaps even some Joyce Grenfell!
Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui Dankworth’s unique musical palette also draws on folk, soul, classical, blues, and numerous other influences She will be joined by acclaimed pianist and singer Charlie Woods to sing duets of classic songs of the last 100 years inspired by great musical partnerships and composers. They are joined on saxophone by Henley-based Art Themen – a key figure in the British jazz scene since working with Alexis Korner in the early 60s and who received 15 guineas for playing on Joe Cocker’s iconic With A Little Help From My Friends. Completing the musical quartet is bassist Dudley Phillips, who has toured and recorded with everyone from Amy Winehouse to Bill Withers.
(Photo credit James Deavin, with thanks to Jewish Book Week jewishbookweek.com)
Running time: 120 minutes including interval
Tickets £25 (Price includes £1 Restoration Levy)
One of the best jazz singers in the UK today. If you like sophisticated, cool jazz, then this is it.
‘One of our finest singers, regardless of category’ (The Times).
The Queen’s Hall presents
20 December 2017 at 7:30pm
7.30-8.20pm: 1st set | 8.40-9.30pm: 2nd set
A Christmas Wingding
Join star vocalist Jacqui Dankworth, Memphis-born singer/keyboardist Charlie Wood, and some very talented musical guests as they celebrate the festive season with magical new arrangements of Christmas favourites, along with some jazzed-up holiday carols, a smattering of seasonal poetry and prose, jokes both good and not-so-good, and general Yuletide merriment.
With special guests Chris Garrick (violin), Todd Gordon (vocals/MC), Alyn Cosker (drums), Oli Hayhurst (bass), Colin Steele (trumpet), Martin Kershaw (saxophone) and Chris Greive(trombone).
Featuring a special set from students at The City of Edinburgh Music School.
Supported by the JKLM Trust
What better way to kick off the festive season in style than by taking your seat for Cleo’s annual Christmas celebration?
In her 90th birthday year, she’s invited a host of friends and family – including renowned clarinetist Emma Johnson and much-loved TV actor Kevin Whately – to create a show packed with great music and seasonal fun, as well as a few surprises.
* These shows are fundraising performances for Wavendon Allmusic Plan
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On 14, 15 & 16 July 2017, the Dankworth family and friends get together for a weekend of world class performances in a magical setting. Dame Cleo Laine plays host to a stellar line-up of artists as she once again opens to the public her enchanting private gardens at the Old Rectory for the 2017 Dankworth Family Festival. All profits after expenses from this year’s event will go to the Beds and Northants MS Therapy Centre. This year’s line-up* includes renowned vocalist Lesley Garrett with clarinet virtuoso Emma Johnson; the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet; poet, playwright and novelist Ben Okri; jazz & soul vocalist/songwriter Natalie Williams; classical guitarist Craig Ogden; some very special guests – plus a full complement of Dankworths! On Sunday afternoon, get set for Dame Cleo Laine and Friends (in anticipation of her upcoming 90th birthday!) hosted by jazz vocalist and radio presenter Todd Gordon and featuring guest performances by classical guitar great John Williams, musician/comedian Earl Okin, violinists Chris Garrick & Peter Fisher, American vocalist Lorna Dallas, and many more.
For further details and to buy tickets please visit: www.perdido.co.uk/dff/
The Dankworth family and friends get together for a weekend of world class performances in a magical setting. Dame Cleo Laine plays host to a stellar lineup of artists as she once again opens to the public her enchanting private gardens at the Old Rectory for the 2016 “Music In the Garden: a Dankworth Family Festival”.
The Old Rectory in Wavendon, a romantic Gothic Revival greensand and limestone vicarage built in 1848 by architect William Butterfield, has been home to the Dankworth family since the late 1960s. Alec and Jacqui Dankworth grew up there and Dame Cleo lives there still. The late Sir John Dankworth thought the idyllic, Victorian garden would be the perfect setting for hosting his own music festival, which he started in the 1990s. Over the years John and Cleo played host to such diverse performers as Eddi Reader, Fenella Fielding, Darius Brubeck, Alexander Armstrong, and numerous others from the worlds of music, theatre and the arts.
Scheduled to appear at this year’s festival are actress, comedian and columnist Maureen Lipman, internationally renowned classical guitarist Craig Ogden, poet and publisher Jeremy Robson, plus a full compliment of Dankworths.
For further details and to buy tickets please visit
To celebrate her extraordinary life and achievements, this programme brings together four living jazz musicians and the author of a recent biography to appraise Billie Holiday’s hectic life and jazz legacy through the prism of one historic 12-bar blues.
The song ‘Fine & Mellow’, which she wrote herself, was recorded in 1957 with an all-star backing band that included her friends Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Vic Dickenson, Roy Eldridge and Gerry Mulligan.
The programme is introduced by saxophonist Andy Sheppard, and also features expert commentaries from band leader Guy Barker, singers Cleo Laine and Jacqui Dankworth, and Julia Blackburn, author of ‘With Billie’.
Devised and produced by Tony Staveacre, for BBC Radio 4
Listen here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05pn3t6
Jazz Voice- Opening Gala of the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival by Peter Vacher
EFG London Jazz Festival opens with a wild weekend by Mike Flynn for Jazzwise Magazine
Jazz Voice: Paean to the art of the song gets EFG London Jazz Festival off to coruscating start by Peter Quinn for The Arts Desk
Charlie Wood will be giving a sneak preview of his upcoming CD “New Souvenirs” (co produced by Jacqui) on the 6th October, 2014 at The Crazy Coqs, Piccadilly. Tickets are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!
The Irish Times Magazine profiles Jacqui Dankworth and husband Charlie Wood.
The Irish Times profiles Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood.
Jacqui will headline the national concert hall in Dublin on New Years Eve with the RTE Orchestra and big band. A sumptious programme of songs from the stage and screen conducted by Mike Dixon with arrangements by Charlie Wood. Concert starts at 22:00m.
“… beautifully sung ballads with fine lyrics that clearly show her maturity… ”
Hi Fi Critic, November, 2013
“Her gentle shimmy and generous eye contact caused at least the male members of the audience to loosen their collars and settle their quivering wine glasses more firmly on the table.”
— Matthew Wright, The Arts Desk
Jamie Cullum plugs Jacqui’s new tour. Listen here (forward to 37:21)
“… she is a superb balladeer and a great assest to the UK’s jazz landscape.”
— Jazz UK, October 2013
Jacqui’s interview on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up aired on Saturday. Listen here (forward to 15m 06s).
“Live to Love” will be released on September 30th. Buy now at Amazon.com
Jacqui’s interview on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek is available to listen here (Forward to 1hr 21m 27s).
Jacqui’s interview and performance on BBC Radio London’s Robert Elms Show is available to listen here (Forward to 2hr 33m 45s).
Jacqui’s interview and performance on Weekend Wogan on BBC Radio 2 is available to listen here (Forward to 1hr 21m 27s).
Jazz Divas: Jacqui Dankworth
Songs from the Stage & Silver Screen with the Cadogan Swing Orchestra
Tuesday 16 April 7:30pm
Mike Dixon, Conductor
Charlie Wood, Arrangements
Jacqui Dankworth performs the first of four concerts featuring four unforgettable jazz voices at Cadogen Hall this spring. “One of the classiest acts in British jazz singing,” Jacqui Dankworth kicks off Cadogan Hall’s Jazz Diva series, performing a selection of popular songs from musicals and film soundtracks, in her own inimitable style.