Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson, National Jazz Festival, Richmond - 1962 007
Pages 10 and 11 of a programme for the National Jazz Festival, at the Richmond Athletic Ground, 28th and 29th July 1962. Page 10 features a profile of John Dankworth, with a list of performances for the Sunday afternoon on page 11.
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JOHN (JOHNNY) PHILIP DANKWORTH: (alto,): Born London 20/9/
1927: Played shipsâ bands on transatlantic crossing: With Tito Burns and Ambrose before own Septet Mar. 1950: First Big Band 1953: Many film backgrounds, television and radio scores: Noted for
composition work in classical sphere: Ex student of Royal Academy of Music: Consistent 'Melody Makerâ and "Jazz Newsâ poll winner for alto, composer, arranger and band leader sections. Married to Cleo Laine: Addressâ29 Regent Street, London S.W.l. Recording for Roulette: AgencyâHarold Davison:
JOHNNY DANKWORTH, by his genius, his honesty of purpose, his steady fight for good jazz and his unswerving loyalty to the modern idiom, has become, in the eyes of the lay public, the embodiment of all that is good in modern jazz in Britain.
He has created and maintained, in the face of the toughest economic odds, the only big band playing jazz which this country possesses. His is the only commercial outlet for modern jazz which can guarantee survival in present economic conditions.
Like Lyttelton, Barber and Ball, he has gained international status, and today almost every visiting jazz performer who finds himself in need of an accompanying group, calls on either the Dankworth Orchestra or the Dankworth Quintet.
It was not until Johnny formed his famous âSevenâ in 1950 that modern jazz began to acquire stature in Britain. The Big Band followed in 1953, and since its opening night in Nottingham nearly ten years ago it has remained the training ground and touchstone of British modern jazz talent. One of the countryâs small handful of top alto players, Johnny is married to the lovely Cleo Laine, one of an even smaller handful of first-class vocalists. They are a family of musical poll-winners.
Johnny is also a humanist, fighting continuously against racial prejudice, both in jazz and out of it. He gives freely of his scant time and enormous talents to further any cause which identifies itself with racial, religious or personal equality. In him, musical and human dignity have met.
The Dankworth band is a gathering of jazz musicians who possess both discipline and fire â discipline to give them unity of purpose and community of musical thought, fire to give them power to express themselves in the generous elbow-room of Dankworth arrangements.
Johnny himsell is probably at his most relaxed in the setting of the Quintet, where a sense of airiness and grace pervades even the most advanced music. But whatever the setting â small group or big band â this is a musician at home and at ease in his music â an experimenter without being unduly restless, a success without being pretentious.
2 to 6 p.m.
TUBBY HAYES QUINTET
TUBBY HAYES (tenor, vibes, flute), JIMMY DEUCHAK (trumpet, mel&o-phonium), GORDON BECK (piano), FREDDIE LOGAN (bass), ALLAN GANLEY (drums).
RONNIE ROSS QUARTET
RONNIE ROSS (baritone), BILL LE SAGE (piano, vibes), CHRIS STAUNTON (bass), RON PARRY drums),
JOE HARRIOTT QUINTET
JOE HARRIOTT (aito), SHAKE KEANE (trumpet, flugel, horn), PAT SMYTHE (piano), COLERIDGE GOODE (bass), BOBBY ORR (druims).
DON RENDELL QUINTET
DON RENDELL (tenor, soprano), GRAHAM BOND (alto), JOHNNY BURCH (piano), TONY /ARCHER (bass), TED POPE (drums).
JOHNNY DANKWORTH QUINTET
JOHNNY DANKWORTH (alto), KEN WHEELER (trumpet), ALAN BRANSCOME (piano), A. N. OTHER (bass), RONNIE STEPHENSON (drums).
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