Performing Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm
In just a few short years, Todd Gordon has become recognised as one of Britain’s leading jazz and swing singers. Working with top musicians, his audiences range from intimate jazz club settings to large-scale concert halls and festivals.
Steeped in the American Songbook tradition, he was the first-ever Scottish male vocalist to be booked for the London Jazz Festival. He’s performed at many leading venues including Ronnie Scott’s, The Royal Opera House, The Sage, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Birmingham Town Hall, as well as The Algonquin and The Plaza hotels in New York.
He has also appeared in joint concerts with Jacqui Dankworth, Claire Martin, Elaine Delmar, Tina May, Barb Jungr, Ian Shaw, Eddi Reader, Carol Kidd, Juliet Roberts and the BBC Big Band.
Additionally, he is also developing a growing following in South East Asia following one of his recordings being licensed as a theme song for a highly popular TV series in that region.
There are two albums due for release later this year: one which he recorded in Seoul with Korean musicians, as well as a big band album with the chart-topping Royal Air Force Squadronaires which is aid of the charity, Help for Heroes.
“Gordon has made the great American songbook his own”
– The Guardian (UK)
“His clear, baritone voice offers one of the finest examples of tonal clarity among contemporary singers who work in jazz. His vocal delivery is a sheer delight.”
– Jim Santella, All About Jazz (USA)
“The new King of Swing”
– The Independent (UK)
“A fantastic performer!”
– Sir Sean Connery
“Todd’s attention to a lyric is Sinatra-esque”
– Jake Holmes (USA) (co-writer of Frank Sinatra’s “Watertown” album)
“Gordon goes about his work with a welcome lack of pretension… his eclectic choice of material constantly springs surprises”
– Clive Davis, The Times (UK)
“Todd strips away all the cabaret and showbiz veneer and gets to the very heart of the American Songbook
– David Jones, Serious/London Jazz Festival
“Todd’s voice can really tell a story”
– Jamie Cullum
In addition, Todd has been included in the definitive guide to the world’s best jazz singers by its author, Scott Yanow:
Jazz Singers Ultimate Guide
A superior crooner from Scotland who performs often in England and Europe, Todd Gordon considers Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald as his main inspirations, although he goes out of his way not merely to imitate the past. His album, “Ballads from the Midnight Hotel,” features him makingvintage standards sound fresh and new.
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