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Sir John Dankworth at the BBC

Cleo Laine introduces a tribute to the late jazz musician, big band leader and composer for TV and film, John Dankworth, featuring a variety of performances from the BBC archive.

With an introduction from his widow Dame Cleo Laine, this programme pays tribute to Sir John Dankworth, jazz musician, big band leader and composer for TV and film.

Featuring a wide variety of performances from the BBC archive, it includes John playing saxophone in the company of his hero Duke Ellington from Monitor 1958, an appearance with his orchestra at the Royal Variety Performance 1962, classic tracks from the series Jazz 625 including John's band accompanying Cleo Laine, and Cleo and John's 2007 performance on Later with Jools Holland.

Information captions give background details about the tunes played and John's illustrious career. John, who died in February 2010, was a pioneer of modern British jazz and an ambassador for all genres of British music.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 20 Jun 2017 01:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • John Dankworth

    Take The A Train

  • John Dankworth

    Winter Wall

  • John Dankworth

    Just In Time

  • John Dankworth

    African Waltz

  • John Dankworth

    Mark I

  • John Dankworth


  • John Dankworth & Cleo Laine

    Woman Talk

  • John Dankworth

    A Hogs Head of Hogarth

  • John Dankworth & Henry Mancini

    The Pink Panther Theme

  • John Dankworth & Henry Mancini

    Baby Elephant Walk

  • John Dankworth & Cleo Laine

    Unlucky Woman

  • John Dankworth & Cleo Laine


  • John Dankworth, Cleo Laine & Sheila Hancock

    Make Someone Happy

  • John Dankworth & Cleo Laine


  • John Dankworth & Darlington Youth Big Band

    Cop This

  • John Dankworth & Cleo Laine

    Crazy Rhythm

  • John Dankworth & Craig David

    WhatÂ’s Your Flava?

  • John Dankworth & Cleo Laine

    Fine and Mellow


Role Contributor
Producer Andy Dunn


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