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October 20, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On her most recent recording, "Solitude" (RCA), vocalist Cleo Laine is backed by a pianist who definitely won't be on stage when she and her husband, saxophonist John Dankworth, appear tonight at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. At least, not in the flesh. But the late Duke Ellington, who is heard tinkling the ivories as Laine sings the album's title tune, will be there in spirit.
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February 8, 2010 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Sir John Dankworth, the British jazz composer, saxophonist and bandleader and husband of jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine, has died. He was 82. Dankworth died Saturday at a London hospital after a long illness, the Associated Press reported. Laine announced Dankworth's death before the finale of an anniversary concert at the Stables, the theater they founded together. Monica Ferguson, the theater's chief executive, said Sunday that Laine had told the artists before the concert, " 'I'll go on and I'll have a lump in my throat, and I might crack.
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July 21, 1991 | LEONARD FEATHER
**** CLEO LAINE "Jazz" RCA Laine's credentials as a jazz singer have been debated, but there is no question about the value of the company she keeps here--and no disagreement over the way the highly regarded musicians help steer her in the right direction. Toots Thielemans on harmonica and Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax are heard in vocal versions of their own tunes "Bluesette" and "Walking Shoes." Clark Terry revives Ellingtonian memories with "Just a Sittin' and a-Rockin'."
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August 6, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The 84 young scholarship participants in the 2001 Henry Mancini Institute summer season finally took center stage Saturday night at the Wadsworth Theater in a program aimed at displaying their skillful versatility. Unlike last weekend's event, which placed the HMI Orchestra in a largely supportive role, this concert featured the ensemble and its soloists in virtually every piece.
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August 30, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
If the careers of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth were ever made into a motion picture, it might well be called "Divided Lives." Or "United Lives," according to which aspects of their multifarious activities are inspected.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The 84 young scholarship participants in the 2001 Henry Mancini Institute summer season finally took center stage Saturday night at the Wadsworth Theater in a program aimed at displaying their skillful versatility. Unlike last weekend's event, which placed the HMI Orchestra in a largely supportive role, this concert featured the ensemble and its soloists in virtually every piece.
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August 11, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER
The occasional appearances of Dudley Moore as a musician offer a needed reminder of several mildly significant points, all of which surfaced during his two-night stint (Saturday and Sunday) at the Loa in Santa Monica. First, it becomes immediately evident that music is no casual plaything for him, any more than it was when he earned a full-time living in the bands of John Dankworth and others in England.
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March 22, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER
Jazz and poetry went through a shotgun wedding ceremony in the late 1950s but were separated soon after it was realized that the poets and the music were rarely compatible. There was one memorable revival in 1964 when Cleo Laine recorded her "Shakespeare and All That Jazz" album (long out of print), with most of the music composed and performed by John Dankworth. There was a certain logic here, since the Bard and the blues had a common element: iambic pentameter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2010 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Sir John Dankworth, the British jazz composer, saxophonist and bandleader and husband of jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine, has died. He was 82. Dankworth died Saturday at a London hospital after a long illness, the Associated Press reported. Laine announced Dankworth's death before the finale of an anniversary concert at the Stables, the theater they founded together. Monica Ferguson, the theater's chief executive, said Sunday that Laine had told the artists before the concert, " 'I'll go on and I'll have a lump in my throat, and I might crack.
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March 12, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The late, great vocalist Ella Fitzgerald possessed a remarkable ability to appeal to jazz listeners and the popular audience alike, as does Cleo Laine. Fittingly, Laine and her longtime accompanist and husband John Dankworth are touring with a tribute called "Forever Ella," landing at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara on Saturday. Laine's lineage goes back to an earlier time in jazz, when the distinction between the jazz and popular worlds was less marked.
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March 12, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The late, great vocalist Ella Fitzgerald possessed a remarkable ability to appeal to jazz listeners and the popular audience alike, as does Cleo Laine. Fittingly, Laine and her longtime accompanist and husband John Dankworth are touring with a tribute called "Forever Ella," landing at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara on Saturday. Laine's lineage goes back to an earlier time in jazz, when the distinction between the jazz and popular worlds was less marked.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 1995 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On her most recent recording, "Solitude" (RCA), vocalist Cleo Laine is backed by a pianist who definitely won't be on stage when she and her husband, saxophonist John Dankworth, appear tonight at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. At least, not in the flesh. But the late Duke Ellington, who is heard tinkling the ivories as Laine sings the album's title tune, will be there in spirit.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1991 | LEONARD FEATHER
**** CLEO LAINE "Jazz" RCA Laine's credentials as a jazz singer have been debated, but there is no question about the value of the company she keeps here--and no disagreement over the way the highly regarded musicians help steer her in the right direction. Toots Thielemans on harmonica and Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax are heard in vocal versions of their own tunes "Bluesette" and "Walking Shoes." Clark Terry revives Ellingtonian memories with "Just a Sittin' and a-Rockin'."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
If the careers of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth were ever made into a motion picture, it might well be called "Divided Lives." Or "United Lives," according to which aspects of their multifarious activities are inspected.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER
The occasional appearances of Dudley Moore as a musician offer a needed reminder of several mildly significant points, all of which surfaced during his two-night stint (Saturday and Sunday) at the Loa in Santa Monica. First, it becomes immediately evident that music is no casual plaything for him, any more than it was when he earned a full-time living in the bands of John Dankworth and others in England.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1987 | LEONARD FEATHER
Jazz and poetry went through a shotgun wedding ceremony in the late 1950s but were separated soon after it was realized that the poets and the music were rarely compatible. There was one memorable revival in 1964 when Cleo Laine recorded her "Shakespeare and All That Jazz" album (long out of print), with most of the music composed and performed by John Dankworth. There was a certain logic here, since the Bard and the blues had a common element: iambic pentameter.
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September 6, 1993
Remaining tickets for the 1993-94 concert season at Ambassador Auditorium go on sale Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Ambassador ticket office, 300 W. Green St., Pasadena. Metropolitan Opera basso James Morris opens the season Sept. 19.
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September 22, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Coming to Cerritos: Frank Sinatra will be the grand-opening attraction Jan. 13-17 to launch the inaugural season at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. The lineup also includes two evenings of dance by Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov on Feb. 3-4, Kenny Rogers on Feb. 16-20, Lynn Redgrave in "Shakespeare for My Father" on Feb. 21-22, Henry Mancini with Cleo Laine and John Dankworth on Feb.
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