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 BIG BAND - 1960

The Avengers 1960 - Music by John Dankworth
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The John Dankworth big band line up at its largest included Dudley Moore on piano.  Performances at London's Marquee Club and the Beaulieu Jazz Festival are shown.  PopularThe Criminal - Music by John Dankworth tunes during this time were African Waltz, Moaning & The Avengers Theme.

Merton Park Studios period film "The Criminal" starring Stanley Baker featured the Johnny Dankworth Band.

The then Anglia TV produced the "Survival" wildlife series which also featured the band with original compositions.


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A Collaboration with John Dankworth and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
(SOCIETY SOC 963)

Improvisations // Matyas Seiber-Johnny Dankworth <S?@01'58"> 20"
Ebony Concerto // Igor Stravinsky <E>
Rendezvous // Leonard Salzedo-David Lindup <-?>

Johnny Dankworth (as), Peter King (as), Art Ellefson (ts), Danny Moss (ts), George Tyndale (bs), Ronnie Ross (bs), Gervaise de Peyer (cl), Dickie Hawdon (tp), Kenny Wheeler (tp), Derrick Abbot (tp), Gus Galbraith (tp), Jimmy Deuchar (tp), Denis Wilson (horn), Tony Russell (tb), Ian McDougall (tb), Eddie Harvey (tb), Ronnie Snyder (tuba), Ray Dempsey (g), Dudley Moore (p), Michael Jefferies (harp), Spike Heatley (b), Kenny Clare (dr)

In 1960, Dankworth's recording of Galt MacDermot's "African Waltz" reached the UK Singles Chart, peaked at No. 9, and remained in the chart for 21 weeks.  American altoist Cannonball Adderley sought and received Dankworth's permission to record the arrangement and had a minor hit in the US as a result. The piece was also covered by many other groups.

Dankworth’s friendship with trumpeter Clark Terry led to Terry's being a featured soloist on Dankworth’s 1964 album The Zodiac Variations, together with Bob Brookmeyer, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Lucky Thompson and other guests. Other Dankworth recordings during this period featured many other respected jazz names. Some were full-time members of the Dankworth band at one time or another, like Tony Coe, Mike Gibbs, Peter King, Dudley Moore, George Tyndale, Daryl Runswick, John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, while others such as Dave Holland, John McLaughlin, Tubby Hayes and Dick Morrissey were occasional participants. Dankworth started a second career as a composer of film and television scores (often credited as "Johnny Dankworth"). Among his best-known credits are the original themes for two famous British TV programmes, The Avengers (used from 1960 to 1964) and Tomorrow's World. He also wrote the scores for the 1965 film Darling and the 1966 films Modesty Blaise and Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment.  He appeared in the film All Night Long alongside Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus - playing himself.

During this active period of recording, the Dankworth band nevertheless found time for frequent live appearances and radio shows, including tours in Britain and Europe with Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan and Gerry Mulligan, and concerts and radio performances with Lionel Hampton and Ella Fitzgerald.

THE JOHN DANKWORTH ORCHESTRA 1960

THE JOHN DANKWORTH ORCHESTRA 1960

courtesy SIMON SPILLETT

THE JOHN DANKWORTH ORCHESTRA 1960

courtesy SIMON SPILLETT

JOHN DANKWORTH & GEORGE TYNDALE

Johnny Dankworth Orchestra - July 1st and 5th, 1960
(Roulette/Columbia SEG8037*)


Dickie Hawdon, Kenny Wheeler, Gus Galbraith (tp), Tony Russell, Eddie Harvey, Ian McDougall (tb), Ron Snyder (tu), Johnny Dankworth, Peter King (as), Danny Moss, Art Ellefsen (ts), George Tyndale (bs), Dudley Moore (p), Spike Heatley (b), Kenny Clare (d).
Moanin'/Riverside Stomp*/Freedom Walk*/After The Party*/Treasure Drive*.
A fifth title was recorded about this time - African Waltz.

For this Johnny Scott (fl,picc) was added, Ronnie Stephenson replaced Kenny Clare and Ron Snyder was out.

 

 

GEORGE TYNDALE AT BEAULIEU (1960) GEORGE TYNDALE (1960)
Val Wilmer photographs George Tyndale
(Beaulieu Jazz Festival 1960)

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(pictures courtesy of Val Wilmer)

GEORGE TYNDALE AT BEAULIEU (1960)

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