Jacqui Dankworth (CONTINUED)
In 2002 she appeared with composer Tunde Jegede in a concert and educational project for Wingfield Arts and more recently Jacqui has sung the titles on the cult hit film “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (starring Martine McCutcheon), the theme tune for two series of Coming Alive on BBC Radio 4 and guested on Gloria Hunniford's Open House on Channel 5, and Esther on BBC2.
In 2003 Jacqui released her first major crossover album “As The Sun Shines Down On Me”. This album brought her to the attention of Michael Parkinson and Radio 2 and Jacqui appeared regularly on air throughout the year. With it’s mixture of contemporary songs, Jacqui’s own compositions and some beautifully re-arranged Standards this record set the path on which Jacqui has decided to follow, building up a very loyal fanbase and taking her live show out of the Jazz Clubs and into major Theatres all over the UK and Ireland. More guest appearances followed, Jacqui was featured on Courtney Pine’s album ‘Devotion’ which was released on 6th October 2003 to great acclaim. Tied in with the release Jacqui performed alongside Courtney at the Royal Festival Hall, as part of the London Jazz Festival.
This new found attention brought her a guest appearance in the film ‘Shoreditch’, starring Joeley Richardson and Shane Ritchie. Jacqui opens the feature with the opening shot singing the classic Billie Holiday number ‘My Man’ and later sings ‘Body and Soul’ as a featured track.
Jacqui followed the success of “As The Sun Shines Down On Me” with the 2004 release “Detour Ahead”. Again this only added further to her popularity and another UK tour confirmed Jacqui as “one of the finest singers of her generation”. Touring around the World and appearing at special concerts with her parents gave Jacqui a break from recording for a couple of years, but in 2008 she announced a new management team, recording contract, and band. The material from the forthcoming album was pre-viewed to rapturous applause during a three night residency at Ronnie Scott’s club in Soho, London where Jacqui also announced another UK Tour. The album 'Back To You' is due for release due for release in September 2009 and will be accompanied by a theatre and festival tour of Europe.
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