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Todd Gordon

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: June 7    

Todd Gordon

In just a few years, Todd Gordon has established himself as “one of Britain’s most popular singers and entertainers” (Scottish Television). An avid Beatles fan until the age of 11, his musical horizons broadened when he heard Frank Sinatra's “Songs for Swingin' Lovers!” album. From that moment, he collected almost every recording by Ol' Blue Eyes whilst expanding his interest in jazz and swing, encompassing numerous other renowned singers and instrumentalists.

Further inspiration came in 1975 when he met Ella Fitzgerald prior to one of her shows. During her concert, she invited him on stage and sang “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” specially to him. Since then, Gordon has been fortunate enough to meet many more of his idols - including Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Woody Herman, George Shearing and Tony Bennett....
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Awards

Nominated for a Spirit of Scotland Music Award (alongside Annie Lennox, Texas and Ilan Volkov)
“Gordon stands as the guardian of all that is good in the music I love. I only wish there were more like him.” – Sir Michael Parkinson
“Gordon's velvety pipes seduce...There's real panache to Gordon's delivery” – Ian Patterson, All About Jazz USA
“Fantastic performance... you’re far too good for this lot!” - Sir Sean Connery
“His clear, baritone voice offers one of the finest examples of tonal clarity among contemporary singers who work in jazz. His vocal delivery is a sheer delight.” - Jim Santella, All About Jazz USA
“Todd sings with wonderful feeling and time” - Sheila Jordan
“Todd strips away all the cabaret and show biz veneer and gets to the very heart of the lyrics” - David Jones, London Jazz Festival, UK
“Todd’s attention to a lyric is Sinatra-esque” - Jake Holmes (co-writer of Sinatra’s “Watertown” album)
“A superior crooner from Scotland ...” - The Definitive Guide to the World's Best Jazz Singers, Scott Yanow
“Todd’s voice can really tell a story” - Jamie Cullum
“Gordon has made the great American songbook his own” - The Guardian (UK)
“The new King of Swing” - The Independent
“Doing it his way, Sinatra’s ghost lives on in the work of one of his most polished admirers” - Clive Davis, The Times (London)
“Gordon is terrific…with the textural palette astutely varied by a top-drawer supporting cast” - Peter Quinn, Jazzwise (UK)
“An individual vice in the current entertainment scene awash with imitations” - Gerry Stonestreet, In Tune International
“Drenched in charisma and class” Rick Finlay, Jazz Review
“Great performance!” - Dionne Warwick
“Very enjoyable...tender voice and wonderful selection of songs” - Elaine Stritch
“Really interesting choice of material” and such a good voice!” - Norma Winstone MBE
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    STEM
    2014
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    Specific Jazz
    2013
  • Helping The Heroes

    Specific Jazz
    2012
  • Love's Illusions

    Hemba Records
    2006

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