Monday 8 February 2010

Johnny Dankworth

Sir John Dankworth, the great British jazz musician and composer has just passed away. When I was a kid my brother borrowed a Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine record from the local library which if I remember rightly were versions of Shakespeare’s sonnets put to music (it sounds so unlikely that I wonder if I have just dreamed this record) and we really loved it. He also seemed to be credited as a composer on every cool British movie of the late 50s and 60s that we were also in love with. As a teenager I wanted that jazz to be the soundtrack to my earnest teenage rebellion too ! He will be greatly missed , lots of love tt