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Whether as a conductor or playing saxophone or clarinet, JOHN DANKWORTH has been recognized as one of the world’s outstanding musicians. For the past several years he has been honored at the prestigious British Jazz Awards for excellence as a bandleader as well as for his superb musical arrangements. He has composed numerous film scores, and he also served as Musical Director for the British visits of Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sophie Tucker, and Oscar Peterson. Dankworth founded the London Symphony Orchestra’s pops program in 1985, and has served as the orchestra’s Pops Musical Director. His most recent Hollywood Bowl appearance was in 1990, conducting Cleo Laine and Mel Tormé.