Triple Tribute to JD

First tribute. Jacqui Dankworth attended a musical celebration at her late father's school - Sir George Monoux College, Walthamstow - yesterday evening. She also sang- briefly. She unveiled this plaque, naming the school's Music Suite in honour of her father. Also in attendance - incidentally - was cricket legend - former vice captain of England under Peter May, President of the MCC and Chair of Selectors for England, Douglas Insole CBE- a former schoolmate and a lifelong friend of Sir John's.

Second. Alyn Shipton informs me that his 2007 radio feature about John Dankworth in South Africa is to be repeated this Sunday at 9 30pm on Radio 3. Dankworth returned to South Africa after more than 50 years, having been a key figure in helping artists like Hugh Masekela build careers abroad in the apartheid era. Here's the link.

Third. Jazz Line-Up on March 21st will also be about JD. A re-assembling of the John Dankworth 7 took place in the garden at Wavendon in 2005. Producer Keith Loxam recorded original band members Eddie Harvey (piano- rather than trombone), Tony Kinsey ( drums), Don Rendell (saxophone), with younger Dankworth band members such as Guy Barker (trumpet and Mark Nightingale (trombone.)


  1. John is also the subject of Radio 3's Jazz Library on 27 March with a conversation I recorded with him in 2002 for Jazz File. choosing his best recordings.

  2. An apt tribute indeed. I have yet to meet an Old Monovian who does not bathe in the reflected glory of JD's time at one of the finest Grammar Schools in Essex (as was). I hope that the music department at Monoux is still doing the jazz thang as it was in the seventies.