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John Dankworth

Born: September 20, 1927 | Died: February 6, 2010    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

John Dankworth

Sir John Phillip William Dankworth, known in his early career as Johnny Dankworth, was an English jazz composer, saxophonist and clarinetist. He was the husband of jazz singer Cleo Laine.

Born in Woodford, Essex, he grew up, within a family of musicians, in Walthamstow in its suburb of Highams Park and attended Sir George Monoux Grammar School in Walthamstow. He had violin and piano lessons before settling eventually on the clarinet at the age of 16, after hearing a record of the Benny Goodman Quartet. Soon afterwards, inspired by Johnny Hodges, he learned to play the alto saxophone.

After studying at London’s Royal Academy of Music (where his jazz interests were frowned upon) and then national service in the army, he began a career on the British jazz scene. In 1949 he attended the Paris Jazz Festival and played with Charlie Parker. Parker's comments about Dankworth led to the engagement of the young British jazzman for a short tour of Sweden with the soprano-saxophonist Sidney Bechet. Dankworth was voted Musician of the Year in 1949....
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Discography

1948 - Ladybird/Mop Mop w/Victor Feldman Quartet Esquire Johnny Dankworth Quartet
1949 - Lover Man/Bremavin Esquire
1949 - Body and Soul/Second Eleven w/Johnny Dankworth Quartet Esquire

Johnny Dankworth Seven (singles)
1950 - Lightly, Politely/Marmaduke Jazz Parade
1950 - Strike Up The Band / Little Benny Jazz Parade
1950 - Sam's Song/Haunted Ballroom Esquire
1950 - Seven Not Out/Cherokee Esquire
1950 - Get Happy/Perhaps Esquire
1950 - Don't Blame Me/Lament & Wild Dance Esquire
1951 - Stardust/Marching Through Georgia Esquire
1951 - Blue Moon/So In Love Esquire
1951 - The Slider/I Hear Music Esquire
1951 - Leon Bismark/Webb City Esquire
1951 - Lush Life/Mr & Mississippi Esquire
1951 - Allen's Alley/Strictly Confidential Esquire
1951 - It's No Sin/Wedding Of Painted Doll Esquire
1951 - Stomping At The Savoy/MYOB Esquire
1952 - Very Thought Of You/Got You Under My Skin Esquire
1952 - Bopscotch/Our Delight Esquire
1953 - Two Ticks/Moonflowers Parlophone
1953 - Honeysuckle Rose/Swinging Parlophone
1953 - Easy Living/I Get A Kick Out of You Parlophone
1954 - Runnin' Wild/Ooph-e-dooph Parlophone

Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra (singles)
1954 - 'S Wonderful/Younger Every Day Parlophone
1954 - The Slider/Talk Parlophone
1954 - My Buddy/The Jerky Thing Parlophone
1954 - Ain't Misbehavin'/I Got It Bad Parlophone
1954 - I Got Rhythm/I Know You're Mine Parlophone
1956 - Experiments With Mice/Applecake Parlophone
1961 - African Waltz/Moanin' Columbia
1979 - Telford's Change/Serenade for Strings BBC Records

John Dankworth and his Orchestra
1958 - England's Ambassador of Jazz Roulette
1959 - Bundle from Britain Top Rank
1962 - Big Band Sound of Johnny Dankworth Roulette
1962 - Dankworth & The London Philharmonic Orchestra Society
1963 - What The Dickens Fontana
1964 - Zodiac Variations Fontana
1964 - From Seven On EMI
1967 - The Million Dollar Collection Fontana
1967 - John Dankworth and His Music Fontana
1969 - Windmill Tilter Fontana
1972 - Full Circle Philips
1973 - Lifeline Philips
1974 - Movies and Me RCA
1979 - Octavius Sepia
1979 - Kite Flight Sepia
1980 - Starburst Grosvenor
1981 - Prelude To A Kiss Sepia
1982 - Fair Oak Fusions Sepia
1983 - Metro Sepia
1986 - Bop at Club II Esquire
1986 - Get Happy (reissue of 1950-1952) Esquire
1986 - Symphonic Fusions Pickwick
1986 - Crossing Over The Bridge (USA release) MCA Classic
1986 - Innovations Pickwick
1986 - Misty (USA Release) MCA Classic
1986 - Echoes of Harlem Pro Jazz
1989 - Jazzin' The Pops Pro Jazz
1989 - The Vintage Years Sepia
1989 - Dizzy Gillespie - The Symphony Session Pro Jazz
1990 - Live at Ronnie's Sepia
1991 - The Johnny Dankworth Years Roulette
2004 - Fair Oak Fusions (reissue of 1982) Qnote
2004 - Metro (reissue of 1983) Qnote

The Alec and John Dankworth Generation Big Band
1994 - Nebchuadnezzar RSJH
1995 - Rhythm Changes RSJH

 The John Dankworth Quintet
1998 - Moon Valley AB:CDs
2003 - JD5 Qnote                  

The Vintage Years (Sepia, 1953–59)
The Roulette Years (Roulette, 1961) with Danny Moss, Peter King
Moon Valley (Audio, 1998) with John Horler, Malcolm Greese, Allan Ganley JD5 (QNT, 2002/03)

Feature film soundtracks

1958 : We Are the Lambeth Boys
1960 : The Criminal
1960 : Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
1963 : The Servant
1965 : Scruggs
1965 : Darling
1965 : Return from the Ashes
1965 : Sands of the Kalahari
1966 : Morgan!
1966 : Modesty Blaise
1966 : The Idol
1967 : Accident
1967 : Le Dernier safari (The Last Safari)
1967 : Fathom
1968 : Salt and Pepper
1968 : The Other People
1968 : The Magus
1970 : The Last Grenade
1970 : The Engagement
1970 : Perfect Friday
1971 : 10 Rillington Place
1974 : Pianorama
1975 : The Kingfisher Caper
2000 : Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)
2000 : Gangster No. 1

Television soundtracks

1993 : Money for Nothing
1971 : The World of Survival
1961 : Survival
1961 : Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir
1961 : The Avengers
1959 : The Voodoo Factor

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