Emily Dankworth graduated with an MMus in Jazz Performance from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2013; Emily is now amongst London’s top emerging musical talents. Emily’s standout performing ability is highly unique, likely given the diversity of her musical upbringing; travelling between Europe and USA during her career.
“Emily has a lovely, natural quality to her voice that has an alluring purity. I look forward to seeing where she goes with this musically.”
– Phil Robson (Guitarist and Composer)
Given Emily’s musical heritage – granddaughter to Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth as well as niece to Jacqui Dankworth and daughter to Alec Dankworth – it is no surprise that she has her forte in music.
“Emily’s contribution to the album works beautifully on the simply Spanish folk tunes”
– Basho Records
In Emily’s career she has performed live at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, The Barbican Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Centre, (NYC), Boston Symphony Hall, The National Center for Performing Arts, (Beijing), The Elgar Room, Kings Place and has been featured on BBC Radio and BBC Television including The Paul O’Grady Show, BBC Radio 2, The One Show, BBC One ,The Choir, BBC Radio 3, Ronnie Scotts’ Radio Show, JAZZ FM and Jamie Cullum’s Radio Show.
She has performed with many internationally acclaimed jazz musicians including Grammy and and Pulitzer-winning Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with whom she embarked on a month long tour around the USA in 2013 performing in over 16 cities. She had the privilege of working alongside Damien Sneed and singing with the 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau.
Her classical solo performances include ‘Feel The Spirit’ by John Rutter, as a soloist with Congleton Choral Society, Soprano Soloist for The Year of Jubilee, music by Harvey Brough and choral concerts, operas and zarzuelas(Spanish operettas) including La Traviata, Verdi’s Requiem and La Cavalleria Rusticana. Emily also sang under the direction of Jose Maria Moreno with La Capella Mallorquina during 2007- 2010 choir in Spain, and had the opportunity to share the stage with Placido Domingo and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Emily’s most recent commitments were with the acapella group Vive ,with international performances as far away as China. Emily is now focusing on her solo career and lives in London. She regularly performs in Alec Dankworth’s World Spirit and Spanish Accents, The Jamie Leeming Group, Ben Castle’s Tombola Theory, and vocal Quartet Silk Street.
Emily was a chorister the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC in 1997 and also later received a choral scholarship to sing in Canterbury Cathedral, Kent and study at Canterbury University in 2004.
Emily was singing with the Jazznights Trio who were:
With vocals from Larraine Odell
Simon Brown, Alec , Dankworth, Larraine Odell and Roger Odell
Alec Dankworth and Emily Dankworth at Jazznights 27th May 2018
Sunday 10th June 2018 Simon Spillett will be at Jazznights
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as “formidable,” Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who has won several awards for his music including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards, Jazz Journal magazine’s Critic’s Choice CD of the Year and most recently the Services to British Jazz Award in the 2016 British Jazz Awards.