London Loses Another Jazz Legend

By SallyB2 Last edited 110 months ago
London Loses Another Jazz Legend

jd.lon.jpg Sir John Dankworth, one of the base notes of the London jazz scene, has gone to the great jazz club in the sky. 'Johnny' was ever a Londoner: He was born in Walthamstow, and in spite of an international career spanning over fifty years, he kept things London-centric. He even (reputedly) met his wife, the lovely Cleo Laine, on the stage of a newly opened Royal Festival Hall. Not only was he a great sax player and band leader, but he composed and arranged some of the most iconic theme tunes of the 60s and 70s. A concert at The Stables, the venue that the couple founded forty years ago within the grounds of their home, went ahead as a tribute last night. He leaves a strong legacy, but one can't help worrying and wondering about the future of London jazz...

Image by Tony the Misfit under the Flickr Creative Commons Licence.

Last Updated 07 February 2010