John Dankworth studied music at the Royal Academy when jazz was not an approved subject - "I used to pretend my saxophone was a bassoon when I put it in the left luggage department of the Academy".
In conversation with Michael Parkinson, he talks about his career as a jazz musician and composer, and about how he is trying to break down the musical barriers at the Stables in Wavendon and with his Summer Pops season at the Barbican.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: When That I Was and A Little Tiny Boy by Cleo Laine
Book: The Exchange & Mart
Luxury: Solar-powered synthesizer
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|Interviewed Guest||John Dankworth|