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, as well as her acute sensibility as a songwriter and lyricist. Her voice has been described as “multi-faceted” and “incomparable” by The Times.
She has collaborated and worked with many diverse musicians including 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 most recently the legendary Chick Corea.
2013 has seen the release of her new CD, “Live to Love”, featuring material written by Jacqui alongside some 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 Silver Screen”. She also performed as guest vocalist at the Radio 2 Friday Nights Music Nights Celebration for the Dambuster’s Special Anniversary Event at Biggin Hill, and in The Opera Company’s new production of Berg’s “Lulu”. Entitled “American Lulu”, performances at the Edinburgh Festival and Austria in August landed in London at the Young Vic in September. She is appearing at Fleet tonight is part of her autumn tour following the recent release of the new album.
“Jacqui Dankworth doesn’t confine herself to singing jazz; she is gracefully at ease in folk music and semi classical contexts, as well as being an imaginative interpreter of standards. But in all her incarnations, she exhibits a subtle control of dynamics and a voluptuous tonal richness that seems to make almost any material sound special” – John Fordham (The London Guardian)