Jacqui Dankworth and David Gordon’s 'Butterfly’s Wing'

with Chris Garrick violin and Rupert Gillett cello

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Last Show: Monday 1 st April 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

To celebrate the London launch of their first CD, Le Départ, the unique chamber jazz group ‘Butterfly’s Wing’ entices you into their stunning soundworld and thoughtful virtuosity. David Gordon and Jacqui Dankworth’s collaboration provides the thrust of the
original material, interspersed with some new arrangements of classic songs, masterfully arranged by David for these four distinguished performers. Stripped of the usual jazz rhythm section of bass and drums, this group produces a transparent sound, by turns magical, intense, witty, rhythmically powerful – the ideal setting for Jacqui’s unmistakeable approach to song.

Grammy-award winning singer Jacqui Dankworth and pianist David Gordon have collaborated extensively on a variety of projects, including cowriting Time Takes its Time and the exquisite Butterly’s Wing, which gives its name to this project. The group’s repertoire also includes a multi-lingual feast of songs from around the world. The line-up includes three of the most
unusual, creative and original composer/improvisers around: multi awardwinning composer, David Gordon, who divides his time between playing jazz piano and harpsichord; ace cellist Rupert Gillett, and Chris Garrick, widely recognised, both by the jazz and classical worlds – including Maxim Vengerov – as the country’s leading jazz violinist. 

Each of the four musicians combines a unique jazz sensibility, with a deep – but lightly worn – feeling for classical music. The group’s flexibility and freedom ensures that each performance they give is a unique response to its particular environment and moment in time.


The highly acclaimed recordings of Jacqui Dankworth, "one of the classiest acts in British jazz singing" (The Guardian), have been stylistically diverse - including folk and blues - which demonstrate her superb skill as an eclectic performer and songwriter. She has collaborated with such wonderful artists as The Brodsky Quartet, Chick Corea, Courtney Pine, The BBC Big
Band, RTE, LSO and RPO Orchestras and many other amazing musicians.


David Gordon studied mathematics and logic before embarking on a career as jazz pianist, harpsichordist and composer. Regularly commissioned by festivals and fellow musicians to compose, he also tours and records with his own international jazz trio, whilst finding the time to grace concert halls around the world in his capacity as harpsichordist with top orchestras and


Having met Jaco Pastorius, Olivier Messiaen, Nigel Kennedy, and Stephane Grappelli before the age of 10, Chris Garrick has gone on to forge his own style which also reflects his contemporary interests. He has worked with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Biréli Lagrène, Dolly Parton, All About Eve, Van Morrison and Brian Ferry. He leads the The Budapest Cafe Orchestra,
the gypsy-beat specialists from Harringay.
“Chris Garrick is the best young violinist in jazz today.” Observer


Jazz cellist, singer and composer Ruperrt Gillett is a highly active performer on the London scene and abroad. Featured at the recent New Directions Cello Festival in Cologne, he also plays in a 2 cello and violin jazzfusion/ crossover ensemble called “Arcopia” with renowned cellist Gunther Tiedemann and violinist Chris Haigh.