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Jazz legend John Dankworth dies

Published 07/02/2010

Sir John Dankworth has died, aged 82
Sir John Dankworth has died, aged 82

British jazz legend Sir John Dankworth has died, aged 82.

The saxophonist, who wrote the theme tune for The Avengers, Tomorrow's World and Modesty Blaise, died on Saturday, his management told the BBC. He had been unwell for several months.

Sir John made many TV and stage appearances during his career, also working with some of the biggest jazz names around, including Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.

He was married to jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine.

Sir John died at King Edward VII Hospital in London, his management said.

As well as his wife, he leaves leaves a son and a daughter, who are both jazz musicians.

He performed as recently as November last year, playing his saxophone from a wheelchair at the London Jazz Festival.

His career spanned more than 50 years, and included touring with his own big band, music recording, film score composition and artist production.

Two of his hit records included Experiments with Mice in 1956 and African Waltz in 1960.

He also founded with Dame Cleo a music and entertainment venue called The Stables, at his home in Wavendon, Buckinghamshire.

Press Association

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