Todd Gordon
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Where are you located?
Scotland, UK
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Vocalist, Promoter, Record Label, Freelance Writer
Tell us a little about your background...
In just five years, Todd Gordon has established himself as "one of the country's most popular singers and entertainers" (The Scotsman). He was an avid Beatles' fan until the age of eleven when he first heard Sinatra. From then, he collected every album by Ol' Blue Eyes before broadening his interest in jazz to encompass many other renowned singers and instrumentalists. In 1975 he met Ella Fitzgerald prior to her show and during the concert she invited him on stage and sang specially to him. He was also fortunate enough to meet some of his other idols, including Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Woody Herman and George Shearing.

Spanning a 20-year period, Todd immersed himself in the Great American Songbook, resulting in a repertoire of over well over a thousand songs. His interest in music and singing was passionate, yet private. Then, in 2000, he participated on a Vocal Jazz Workshop run by Fionna Duncan and that changed everything. Todd's first time on stage came in 2001 at the famed Henry's Jazz Cellar in Edinburgh and, as the cliché goes, he's never looked back. In 2003, he was booked to open for Dionne Warwick during her UK tour visit which prompted him to give up his 'day job.'

Todd performs at many of the most prestigious venues, with frequent appearances at London's Pizza on the Park and is now a regular at The 606 Club in Chelsea and Pizza Express Jazz Room (Soho). He has performed at The Plaza and Algonquin hotels in New York - where he even did a surreal duet with actor Christopher Walken, singing "I've Got You Under My Skin" - and also features in jazz festivals and concerts.

His audiences range from intimate jazz club settings to large-scale shows (he frequently comperes and performs in Jazz on a Summer's Day - the UK's biggest jazz event with an audience of 20,000+) and he was also one of four nominees up for a national music award alongside Texas and Annie Lennox. Jamie Cullum also personally asked Todd to dep for him whilst he was recording the ground-breaking 'Twentysomething' album.

Todd has recorded three albums with Ian Shaw in the producer’s chair, “Love’s Illusions,” “Ballads from The Midnight Hotel” which includes a duet with Jacqui Dankworth with whom Todd has recently been touring. His new album (on Audacious Records) celebrates the work of the American Songbook giant, Johnny Mercer who, incidentally, was particularly proud of his Scottish ancestry. Entitled “Moon River to the Days of Wine and Roses” the recording is a first-time collaboration with the superb pianist, John Colianni who, for several years, was Mel Tormé’s accompanist.

Todd is also continuing to develop his new concert promotion business, Jazz International, presenting a wide range of top jazz artists at several of Scotland’s leading music venues. For further details, visit:
www.toddgordon.com
www.myspace.com/toddgordon
www.jazzinternational.co.uk
www.myspace.com/jazzinternational

"Great performance!" - Dionne Warwick
"Todd's voice can really tell a story" - Jamie Cullum "You're far too good for this lot!" - Sir Sean Connery
"Doing it his way, Sinatra's ghost lives on in the work of one of his most polished admirers" - Clive Davis, The Times (London)
"The words slip off his tongue drenched in charisma and class" - Rick Finlay, Jazz Review (UK)
"Very enjoyable... tender voice and wonderful selection of songs" - Elaine Stritch
"Todd sings with wonderful feeling and time" - Sheila Jordan
"Leader in his field, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Great American Songbook" - Scottish Television
"Spine-tingling stuff of the classic kind" - Sinatra Music Society
"An individual voice in the current entertainment scene awash with imitations" - In Tune International
"The new King of Swing" - The Independent (London)
"Impeccable choice of music... [Todd] and his musicians interact wonderfully" - Sir Michael Parkinson
"Gordon has made the Great American Songbook his own" - The Guardian (UK)
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
through contact with Jaijai
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.toddgordon.com

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At 9:46pm on August 26, 2009, Bob Fields said…
Todd, very nice job.
At 9:45pm on August 26, 2009, Bob Fields said…
Very nice sound!!
At 10:42am on July 19, 2009, Nancianne said…
Nice Sound Todd. Send me your Cd and I'll give you air play. My listeners would dig you. Send me an email from my program site and I'll send you my address.
www.live365,com/stations/nancyann3839
At 12:27pm on July 18, 2009, Rich Keith said…
Lenore and Joel have been an incredible help to me with Pure Jazz Radio. We're all looking forward to the debut of her show tomorrow.

Rich
At 8:45am on August 26, 2008, Jaijai Jackson said…
Hey Todd, so glad to see you networking here, this place has grown into such an incredible level!! So glad you are here to experience it. You should consider advertising on the front page with your CD. :-)

Jaijai
At 8:29am on August 26, 2008, Shashona said…
could you send me off an email at shashonadj@gmail.com please. the "send msg" isnt showing here on your page yet. Thanks !!
Shashona
At 8:28am on August 26, 2008, Shashona said…
Thank you for your msg Todd, I will be writing you straight away. I would definately love to air your work, Its brilliant!
Shashona
At 7:21pm on August 25, 2008, Ken Morrison said…
Hi Todd -

I'm a jazz songwriter. I've had some success it the states - but I have not yet established a foothold on Scotland. Perhaps you can help me change all that.
Seriously, there are 5 or 6 songs from my demo catalog...please take a listen. "LET'S PRETEND WE'RE FAMOUS" has your name all over it.

At the very least take a listen to that one and let me know what you think. After all, you keep singing, "You're Gonna Hear From Me"...so I hope I do.

I love what you're doing...great chops.

Ken
At 8:37pm on August 21, 2008, Shashona said…
Hey Todd: Nice to meet you!! What a voice! I'd love to hear more of your music!!
Shashona
At 5:51pm on August 21, 2008, Pascale Forté said…
Hello Todd !
Nice to "meet" you again here !
I got your message well, so let's talk about it more.
Best from Parisian night.
Pascale
 
 
 

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