[Dixielandjazz] Cleo Laine story
Goggin, Brian (Dublin)
GoggiBri at exchange.ie.ml.com
Tue Feb 4 08:45:50 PST 2003
75 in October if I remember correctly.
Talented singer and seems like a nice lady, but wouldn't be into her stuff
to be honest.
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> Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Cleo Laine story
> A lovely tale! I am moved to dig out my old Cleo vinyls too. A
> very beautiful lady, even now, in her old age (75?) still with the same
> charisma and charm and that incredible four octave voice range.
> While she is of the modern jazz school, she is quite capable of belting
> out a classic from the twenties, such as "Give Me A Pig Foot", with all
> the zest and raunchiness of Bessie Smith.
> One of the great musical combinations and husband/wife partnerships of
> recent times must be John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. I believe the family
> runs workshops/courses (or used to) for jazz at their country home in
> Wavendon, England. One of her sons went to Berklee in Boston, according
> to her autobiography, where he learnt to play jazz string bass. Was he
> there during your time?
> Brian Towers
> >Ok, my two cents worth.
> >I met Cleo Laine when she handed my that very expensive music degree at
> my Berklee College of Music graduation in 1982. Upon shaking her >hand I
> said, "Oh Cleo what a thrill, I'll never wash this hand again." At which
> she replied, without missing a beat, "Nor me!"
> >Charming and talented, I've always been awestruck by her talents. I'm
> digging around the old vinyl tonight looking for those dusty old albums.
> >I've recently enjoyed her Ellington CD. Terrific.
> >David Story
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