Cleo Laine and John Dankworth
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
> Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
I guess the word retirement is not in John Dankworth's vocabulary for at 77 he is still going strong.
He and his wife Cleo have just returned from Australia and the States and this was their first show in the UK since then.
The first half was devoted to the works of Duke Ellington and was a wonderful instrumental section.
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The Quintet was simply magnificent and they each had turns of solo parts. Mark Nightingdale on trombone was especially amusing with his rubber plunger bit but he gave a terrific performance. This half opened with a bang with their rendition of John Hardy's wife.
Plenty of humour abounded from John, who acted as a narrator.
- 1 Widow fighting for wedding refund
- 2 Hollywood actors use Norwich hair salon
- 3 Garden centre launches outdoor eating with wood-fired pizza and waffles
- 4 MPs join the call to suspend gallbladder surgeon
- 5 Police break up house party with 28 people crammed into flat
- 6 Norwich shop worker beaten with hammer in row over phone refund
- 7 Popular railway will 'cease to exist' as soon as this year
- 8 Tributes to high street mechanic known as a 'local legend'
- 9 Owner of new pet shop says he will put animal welfare before sales
- 10 Mother still 'grieving' for son who suffered life-changing brain injuries in crash
Later there was plenty of husband and wife bickering over the order of songs, which went down well with the audience.
And so to part two, which was Cleo's. What a powerful voice and stage presence she has. The range of her singing was quite something. She spoke fondly of her family and in particular her father who had such an influence on her. To complete the family circle, their son Alex was playing double bass. This was a highly entertaining and enjoyable evening with powerful performances from everyone.