Sussex Life spends 5 minutes with singer Jacqui Dankworth
PUBLISHED: 18:11 25 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:25 20 February 2013
Singer Jacqui Dankworth, daughter of Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir Johnny Dankworth, is performing in Chichester later this month with her mother and brother, the renowned double bassist Alec Dankworth.
Singer Jacqui Dankworth, daughter of Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir Johnny Dankworth, is performing in Chichester later this month with her mother and brother, the renowned double bassist Alec Dankworth. The performance will be their first as a family since they appeared at their performance venue in Buckinhgamshire, The Stables, on the day her father died in February. She tells us about the show and herself.
Your performance at Chichester will be the first time you have performed as a family since the sad death of your father. Tell us a little about what your fans can expect.
Well, were just in the process of rehearsals but the shaping-up is excellent! Mum, my brother Alec, and my niece Emily will be performing some songs, individually and together, with a great band. For instance, were going to do a version of Mad About The Boy where we all take different verses. I am the high society lady, Emily is the schoolgirl and Mum is the charlady! Alec stays out of the singing on this but he plays great bass!!
You began your performing career as an actress; do you feel that you are now much more of a singer and songwriter?
Once an actress, always an actress, I guess and, if the right part came along, I would love to do it.
However, I have built up a great career as a singer. I have just released a new album, Back To You, and I am working on two new albums as we speak one that I started recording with Dad before he passed away and the other an album of my original material. I am very excited about my path ahead in music.
How does your voice work with your mothers? Do you feel you have a complementary style?
Its hard for me to know because I am too close to the situation. Mum and I perform one of Dads arrangements of I Thought About You and we sound great together.
I think our voices and our styles are completely different but they do sound good together.
You are just finishing an album you recorded with your father. Do you see it as a tribute to him?
It didnt start out that way but I suppose, now he is gone, it will certainly be dedicated to him.
It was something I always wanted to do when Dad was alive and Dad really wanted to do some arrangements for me and support my career. Its so sad he wont hear the finished project but I think he would be
You are coming to Chichester on 6 July. Will you get any time to enjoy the city and the surrounding countryside?
Sadly, I dont think we will have much time but I hope to get a little look around.
Have you spent any time in Sussex before? If so, do you have any fond memories or special places?
I really dont know the area terribly well but I have performed at the Chichester Theatre twice, once with The Brodsky Quartet and once with a singer and dear friend called Todd Gordon. I enjoyed both those concerts!