Already regarded as "one of our finest singers regardless of category" (The Times), Jacqui Dankworth was nominated as 'Best Vocalist' for the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards. She is set to reach even further heights as a world star with her third solo album, Back To You,. universally released in September 2009.
The CD has been receiving rave reviews and is a delicious, eclectic mix of her own catchy compositions plus snazzy arrangements of a few standards by contemporary composers such as James Taylor, Sting, Randy Newman and Keb' 'Mo.'
Jacqui has also written lyrics to instrumentals by jazz heavyweights Ralph Towner and Bob Mintzer, both of whom have warmly praised her interpretation of their work on the album. Grammy award-winning arranger Paul Bucknaster has added stunning string arrangements to two of the pieces.
Over the last few years, Jacqui has made an enormous impression globally with her diverse singing and songwriting skills. From touring and recording with the Brodsky Quartet to wowing audiences at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, she has been playing to packed houses at major venues and festivals worldwide. Whether backed by her own band of internationally renowned musicians (including brother Alec Dankworth on bass), or by larger outfits such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Big Band, her scintiallating and sensuous voice never fails to enthral. Her sizeable discography includes being featured vocalist on Courtney Pine's Devotion, guest artist on the late George Melly's The Ultimate Melly - alongside Van Morrison - and performing with Cleo Laine and John Dankworth on their recent album, Once Upon a Time.
Jacqui has also received rave reviews for her live performances, especially during her week-long residency at Ronnie Scott's.
She has made numerous other appearances on both radio and TV and used to present a weekly 2-hour show on the new digital radio station, The Jazz.,
Playing regularly with Jacqui, in her outstanding quintet, are:
Chris Allard – guitars
Malcolm Edmonstone –
QUOTES FROM THE MEDIA
“Jacqui Dankworth is an eclectic, assured singer with a technique to die for.” www.bbc.co.uk
"The most flexible and expressive voice of her generation" The Observer
“A kind of British Cassandra Wilson; impressionistic, soulful and beguiling“ Time Out
"One of the finest vocal albums of the year" Jazzwise Magazine
"Dankworth stands out form a generation of young women doing the jazz/soul/pop fusion thing with a voice that exudes sheer joie de vivre" Scotland On Sunday
"This album can induce the kind of profound sense of wellbeing that a Norah Jones record can only hint at..." www.bbc.co.uk/jazz/reviews
"Had I not been sitting about three feet away from the action (at Ronnie Scott's) I would have expected some electronic trickery because the arrangement was so complex, the timing so nifty and Ms Dankworth's vocal control so exquisite" Dave Gelly, The Observer