Alexander William Tamba Dankworth, 14 May 1960, London, England. The son of John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Alecs background was inevitably steeped in music. Taking up the bass he studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London in 1978 before going to the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. On his return to England, he played in several groups, including that led by his parents, performing with them on and off throughout the 80s. He also played with Clark Tracey (1987s Stiperstones). With his parents he toured the USA, Australia and Europe and with his sister, singer Jacqui Dankworth, he toured the Middle East, the Far East and Hawaii. In 1995, Dankworth became a member of Van Morrisons group, touring Europe and the USA. In 1995, and again in 1997, he was voted Best Bass Player at the British Jazz Awards. In the late summer of 1997, he relocated to New York City where he performed with the ongoing Duke Ellington Orchestra,...