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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
4th April 1984 Michael Frayn's Benefactors premieres in London
4th April 1956 Enid Bagnold's Chalk Garden, premieres in London
4th April 1940 Born today: Bijan, Iran, mens apparel designer (Beverly Hills, NYC, London)
4th April 1929 New Moon musical opens in London
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.