Vocalist, Promoter, Record Label, Freelance Writer
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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.
"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)
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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. :-)
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.
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
Let's be audacious, my friends!
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