Sinatra & Ella’s Swinging Songs

EFG London Jazz Festival 2020 at St. John's Smith Square

Friday November 20

Sinatra & Ella’s
Swinging Songs

Featuring the music of Count Basie, Nelson Riddle and Billy May

Performed by the 27- piece Down For The Count Orchestra

Conductor and Orchestrator Mike Paul- Smith

With the voices of Callum Gillies and  special guest star Jacqui Dankworth 

We would need several concerts to do justice to the lives, times and music of the two greatest popular vocalists of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

In this single musical evening we focus on the writings and arrangements of their two greatest arrangers, Nelson Riddle and Billy May and with faithful orchestrations and the voices of Callum Gillies and Jacqui Dankworth, two sensitive interpreters of popular music, we evoke all the flavour of Sinatra and Ella’s greatest recording.

The evening’s programme includes: -

I’ve Got You Under My Skin 

You Make Me Feel So Young 

How About You 


Let’s Face the Music and Dance 

That Ole Devil Called Love 


This will be a concert to be enjoyed by all good music lovers, of whatever tastes, and talked about for many years

Sit back and enjoy “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”


I've Got You Under My Skin from Down for the Count on Vimeo.


Jacqui Dankworth

Daughter of Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth, Jacqui  is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic, seemingly effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres.  Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui’s unique musical palette also draws on folk, soul, classical, blues, and numerous other influences.

Dankworth’s crystal clear and pitch perfect voice unfurled like a roll of fine silk” — Peter Callaghan — Reviewsphere


Callum Gillies

 Born and raised in a family of entertainers, Callum has performed around the world on cruise ships, and with Down for the Count at London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, and Le Caveau de la Huchette in Paris. His musical theatre credits include The Producers, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Les Miserables and Rent. Callum's main musical influences are Nat 'King' Cole, Ray Charles and Sammy Davis Jr, and his natural warmth and engaging performance has endeared him to audiences throughout the UK.


Mike Paul-Smith

Mike Paul-Smith is a jazz pianist and musical director. He was trained by former BBC Young Musician of the Year Anna Markland and Gwilym Simcock. Alongside his work directing Down for the Count, Mike has directed the University of London Big Band at The Montreux Jazz Festival, and has performed with The Aylesbury Music Centre Dance Band at The North Sea Jazz Festival, at Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. Mike is passionate about keeping the work of great arrangers such as Nelson Riddle, Billy May alive.


Doors open 6.45pm

Music 7.30pm

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