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  John Dankworth Britain's Ambassador of Jazz at The Newport Jazz Festival,1959

Johnny Dankworth
HRKCD 8345

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As a tribute to the marvellous talents of Sir John, we are bringing forward a special PREMIERE RELEASE of the concert that John Dankworth’s band performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1959.  
 With a new essay by noted jazz writer Simon Spillett.

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SIR JOHN DANKWORTH, CBE, who died on 6th February had a career spanning six decades.
Many tributes have already been made throughout the broadcast and print media, but we feel the best way of  acknowledging his tremendously diverse talent is to go back to a warm July evening in 1959, when his band played for the first time in the United States at the renowned Newport Jazz Festival.

Long unavailable, and a highly sought-after recording by jazz fans in general and Dankworth devotees in particular, we present an updated version of the original LP release – its first time on CD - with a terrific fully illustrated booklet boasting a new and insightful essay by noted jazz writer, Simon Spillett.

As an added bonus we include in this release the music for one of Sir John’s first film compositions, “The Criminal” (known in the U.S. as “The Concrete Jungle”).

Full personnel details are included which throw up a few surprises at how frequently (and boldly) the line-ups were changed.

Great photos as always. Read John Fordham's review in
The Guardian here

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Read an obituary to Sir John Dankworth here

Live At The Newport Jazz Festival, 1959
1. Introduction by Willis Connover
2. Firth of Fourths
3. Caribe
4. Royal Ascot
5. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
6. Doggin' Around
7. Jones
8. Take The "A" Train
Bonus Tracks! "The Criminal" Soundtrack Score..
9. Riverside Stomp
10. Freedom Walk
11. After The Party
12. Treasure Drive
Bonus Tracks! "The Criminal" Soundtrack Score..