Jacqui Dankworth makes her Stables return

Jacqui Dankworth: Stables show
Jacqui Dankworth: Stables show

The Stables presents another packed programme of events this week, but you will be hard pushed to find a more strikingly intimate, engaging performance among them than the one happening on Friday evening, courtesy of Jacqui Dankworth.

The daughter of jazz royalty, she spent her formative years soaking up the musicality of Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth, and has since carved out a splendid career of her own.

New album Live To Love might take a few people by surprise, moving as it does through jazz, soul and blues movements, – but there are standards too, from the likes of Wayne Shorter and Donny Hathaway.

The media have responded warmly to the disc – a four out of five thumbs up was afforded by The Guardian newspaper, which isn’t to be sniffed at.

“I was more nervous about the live audiences than the media,” Jacqui admits, “But I was speaking to someone who said that it is challenging enough, and really enjoyed it.

And besides, “It’s not that different, it’s just more up and modern.”

Jacqui has used the opus, which was released at the end of September to revisit the Tomorrow’s World theme, penned originally by her dad, and now given a new coat of musical arms, and some lyrics too. It is another chapter of sounds from an accomplished, classy singer.

“It’s a track I’ve always loved, although the lyrics are frivolous,” Jacqui says.

“He wrote it in the 60s and I like the fact that people are still listening to it now.’

> Also at The Stables this week: Four years on from the release of his debut album, Jon Allen and his band appear on Thursday,

Amy Wadge and Pete Riley will deliver tomorrow night on Stage 2, Steely Dan tributeees Nearly Dan reel in the years on the main stage on Saturday night, while Brothers Groove hold court on Stage 2.

Tickets to see Alexandra Armstrong and his Band on Monday are sold out, with standing only available for Eric Bibb on Tuesday.

Tickets are still available to see the delightful Cara Dillon on Wednesday evening.

The favourable folkist with the staggeringly beautiful voice returns to the venue to perform songs from her much anticipated forthcoming album A Thousand Hearts which is set to his the racks any time now.

Mrs Sam Lakeman is a treasure. Let her captivate you with a mid-week meeting.

For bookings MK 280800.