Sir John Dankworth lived here


Sir John Dankworth lived here

The jazz legend lived here during his youth.

Location: 16 Hollywood Way, Highams Park

Description: This is the childhood home of jazz legend Sir John Dankworth (1927-2010). He was a saxophonist and clarinetist, and played with jazz icons such as Charlie Parker and scored a number of films. He was born here to a house of musicians and attended Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow nearby.

He was described as the UK's 'first major jazz musician' and a plaque was unveiled here in October 2011. Sadly it wasn't very good; featuring a spelling mistake 'Saxophinist' and the nickname he disliked 'Johnny'. It was replaced in 2013.

He was married to acclaimed scat singer Dame Cleo Laine who unveiled both plaques.

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Sir John Dankworth lived here

The jazz legend lived here during his youth.

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