“...one of our finest singers, regardless of category,”
Clive Davis, Sunday Times
The Observer claimed that Jacqui Dankworth has “...probably the most flexible and expressive voice of her generation,” while the Guardian called her “a sublime American Songbook singer”. Her recordings to date have been stylistically diverse, incorporating elements of folk, blues, and many other musical forms. On her latest album, It Happens Quietly, Jacqui presents a selection of lush, atmospheric orchestral arrangements in collaboration with (and lovingly dedicated to) her father, the late Sir John Dankworth.
Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic and effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui also draws on folk, soul and blues influences. Her voice has been described as “multi-faceted” and “incomparable” by The Times.
Jacqui is also an accomplished actor, having performed leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre and London West End musicals. It was her original intention to make acting her main vocation, but by the mid 90's the “singing bug” had hit and she decided to focus on a career as a singer.
She has collaborated and worked with The Brodsky Quartet and Courtney Pine, Marvin Hamlisch, Paloma Faith, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Gretchen Parlato, Clare Teale, Georgie Fame, David Gordon, Charlie Wood, Anthony Kerr, Liane Carroll, Sara Colman, Tim Garland, Chris Allard, Malcolm Edmonstone, Chris Garrick, The BBC Big Band, RTE, LSO and RPO Orchestras and the legendary Chick Corea.
In 2013 she released her new CD “Live to Love” featuring material written by Jacqui and Charlie Wood alongside some beautiful classic songs. She performed at the Cadogan Hall in London in April with musicians from the RPO and the BBC Big Band in a program featuring songs from “ The Stage and Screen”. She also appeared in The Opera Company’s new production of Berg’s “Lulu”, entitled “American Lulu” with performes at the Edinburgh Festival, The Bergenz Festival in Austria and a week at the Young Vic Theatre in September.
The New album has received many accolades including a four star review in The Guardian, has been play listed by Jazz FM and championed by Jamie Cullum and Terry Wogan on Radio 2. Since September she has been touring the UK with her band, she has also toured Scotland with the SNJO and Tommy Smith and will appear as a special guest with his Big Band at the London Jazz Festival. She also appeared as a special guest on the “Jazz at the Philarmonic” concert at the 2013 London Jazz Festival. Jacqui performed a sell out concert on New Years Eve with the RTE orchestra and big band at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. In 2014 she will continue to tour with her band and will headline at Ronnie's Scott's in February.
“Live to Love” : SPEC018
“It Happens Quietly” : SPEC014
“Back To You” : Audacious ARJD 10061
“Detour Ahead”: CCD 79796
“As The Sun Shines Down on Me” : Candid CCD79788