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Category: Music - Popular
Reference No: 4459
Status: Available
Price: £20.00
  Johnny Dankworth

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British composer, bandleader and musical director, husband of singer Cleo Laine.

Dankworth had violin and piano lessons before settling eventually on the clarinet at the age of 16, after hearing a Benny Goodman record. Soon afterwards, inspired by Johnny Hodges, he learned to play the alto saxophone.

After studying at the Royal Academy of Music and then national service, he formed a small jazz group, The Dankworth Seven, in 1950 and then a full orcestra in 1953.

In 1960 Dankworth gave up full-time bandleading in order to concentrate on composition. He had already made an impressive debut with the score to Karel Reisz's documentary film We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959). Now he composed and conducted the music for Karel Reisz’s Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (Reisz, 1960) and Jospeh Losey’s The Criminal (1960). So successful were these, and so distinctive the music, that the Dankworth sound became inseparably linked with the new wave of British cinema in the 1960s. Among the best known are The Servant (1963), Darling (1965), Modesty Blaise (1966) and Morgan, A Suitable Case For Treatment (1966). To these were added television themes such as The Avengers (1961) and Tomorrow's World (1966), as well as an endless stream of advertising commercials.

Dankworth was knighted in 2006.

This is a very fine vintage 1950s black and white publiity photograph (10" x 7.25"), nicely signed in later years in black ink across the image. The signature was obtained in person. In excellent condition.