30 Sept Jacqui Dankworth & Her Musicians
Daughter of the legendary jazz musician & composer Sir John Dankworth & 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 wouldnt follow her parents into show business . The only surprise was into which area she choose to go.
Jacqui Dankworths first forays onto the stage were as an actress, & a successful one at that. For many years Jacqui worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre & John Dexters Company playing a multitude of critically acclaimed roles. Soon the plays turned into musicals & before long Jacqui was playing leading parts in the West End. But the singing bug had hit, & Jacqui left the lights of the London stage to focus on her own recording career.
The first thing Jacqui did was tour with brother Alec Dankworths quintet, visiting Hawaii, Hong Kong & Indonesia. Jacqui then appeared as everything but the soldier in a staged performance of Stravinskys The Soldiers Tale at the Purcell Room, London, & worked with award winning jazz composer/saxophonist Tim Garland on a song cycle - Songs Of Love And Liberty, alongside singers Norma Winstone & Christine Tobin. In early 1998 Jacqui was invited to be the guest vocalist on a major world tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Occasionally time allowed her to venture into the studio to record - her first work being a newly commissioned jazz reworking of A. E. Housman poetry, as a guest artist with the New Perspectives Ensemble. The album was voted Record of the Year in The Times.
By 1999 her reputation was spreading & Jacqui was asked to perform new arrangements of Gershwin classics with the BBC Big Band at The Barbican, London & Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Her next audio project was with the group Field of Blue. A simple acoustic band performing mostly original compositions. Field Of Blue toured extensively around the UK & Europe raising Jacquis profile as a major singing talent. Field of Blue recorded two albums, an eponymous CD in 1999 & the second, Still which was released in 2000, both to wide acclaim.
Reviews were positive once again for the 2001 release with James Pearson, For All We Know, including, from the Sunday Times, one of our finest singers regardless of category. Jacqui happily appeared as a featured singer on Gerard Presencers Linn album, The Optimist, & she recorded a track for the Nick Drake tribute album released on Hannibal Records as well as performing at the Barbican, London as part of the Nick Drake Tribute concert.
As a side project, Jacqui formed the three-part harmony group The Passion, with two other great singers Liane Carroll & Sara Colman. Their album One Good Reason released in 2002, featured the fabulous piano work of Liane Carroll & intricate & soulful three part vocal harmonies.
In 2003 Jacqui released her first major crossover album As The Sun Shines Down On Me. This album brought her to the attention of Michael Parkinson & Radio 2. With its mixture of contemporary songs, Jacquis own compositions & some beautifully re-arranged Standards this record set the path on which Jacqui has decided to follow, building up a very loyal fanbase. Jacqui was featured on Courtney Pines album Devotion & performed alongside Courtney at the Royal Festival Hall, as part of the London Jazz Festival.
This new found attention brought her a guest appearance in the film Shoreditch, starring Joely Richardson & Shane Ritchie. Jacqui opens the feature with the opening shot singing the classic Billie Holiday number My Man & later sings Body & Soul as a featured track.
Jacqui followed the success of As The Sun Shines Down On Me with the 2004 release Detour Ahead. This only added further to her popularity & another UK tour confirmed Jacqui as one of the finest singers of her generation. Touring around the World & appearing at special concerts with her parents gave Jacqui a break from recording for a couple of years, but in 2008 she announced a new management team, recording contract & band. The album is due for release in May 2009 & will be accompanied by a Theatre & Festival tour of Europe.
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