An unbeatable team! Jazz diva and West End star Jacqui Dankworth joins the legendary George Melly and Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen to bring you The Sounds of Jazz. The evening will be a panoramic trip through the very best of jazz, led by three of its premier stars in an all-new presentation combining hot jazz with cool blues and smooth ballads. A totally unforgettable show.
George Melly, a true legend of British jazz appears regularly with Digby’s Half Dozen. From song to anecdote George captivates his audience with memories of a bygone age while managing to make jazz sound like it was written yesterday. George’s singing style, particularly for the blues, is strongly influenced by his idol, Bessie Smith. He recorded a single with rock band The Stranglers during the 1970s and has been at the forefront of British jazz since its heyday. George is also famous for his work as art critic for The Observer (1965 – 1973), his work on Surrealism and his flamboyant private life.
Digby Fairweather’s horn has been heard far and wide on many a clear night, since the lure of jazz led him out of a quiet Essex countryside to a hectic life playing in clubs and concert halls across Britain and beyond. Digby is well-known as raconteur, broadcaster, writer and jazz lover as well as one of the busiest, most enthusiastic jazz instrumentalists around. Digby first formed a band called ‘Dig’s Half-Dozen’ back in 1971, since then, he has become one of Britain’s best- known jazz musicians, working principally in Dixieland-mainstream surroundings, and playing – during the course of his 25 year professional career – with all the most eminent British exponents in that style.
Daughter of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Jacqui Dankworth is a remarkable artist of the highest calibre. She has toured with the Brodsky Quartet and recorded with them on their latest CD, alongside such guests as Sting, Elvis Costello and Sir Paul McCartney. She featured on Courtney Pine’s album Devotion and sang alongside him at the Royal Festival Hall, as part of the London Jazz Festival. Though there is jazz in her blood, her first successes in the arts were not as the versatile vocalist we now, but as an actress in a series of highly acclaimed roles on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National. Jacqui soon migrated to the West End, where leading roles in musicals beckoned. Having proved herself an accomplished actress and singer she found herself pulled inexorably towards her greatest passion: jazz. Since then she has had hit albums and rave reviews, becoming firmly established as one of the greatest jazz voices of her generation.
Tickets £22 (£20 conc) / Members £18
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