Dame Cleo Laine and Jacqui Dankworth
Sean Rafferty meets singer and actress Dame Cleo Laine and her daughter, singer Jacqui Dankworth, at their home in Wavendon, near Milton Keynes.
In this New Year's Eve edition of the series, Sean Rafferty meets the First Lady of British Jazz, Dame Cleo Laine and her daughter, the acclaimed singer Jacqui Dankworth. They meet at home in Wavendon, near Milton Keynes, where Dame Cleo and her late husband, John Dankworth, converted a stable block in the grounds in 1969 into the renowned venue The Stables. Jacqui shows Sean the new auditorium, where great musicians from the worlds of jazz and classical music regularly perform; and takes him to the smallest room in the family house, where some of her parents' many awards are modestly hung. Dame Cleo and Jacqui share memories of John as father, husband and fellow-musician. He was a towering figure in British jazz, as saxophonist, band leader and composer. Dame Cleo recalls her friendship with other jazz greats including Ella Fitzgerald, and discusses her own extraordinary singing voice, with its famous 4 octave range, which is still going strong. Jacqui describes collaborating with her father on an album. And Jacqui and Dame Cleo introduce some of their favourite tracks by themselves and others.