Dankworth’s many recordings include sessions with jazz musicians such as Mose Allison, Guy Barker, Alan Barnes, Tommy Chase, Eddie Daniels, Buddy De Franco, Billy Eckstine, Georgie Fame, Stéphane Grappelli, Johnny Griffin, Abdullah Ibrahim, Julian Joseph, Pete King, Bill Le Sage, Marian McPartland, David Murray, David Newton, Anita O’Day, Dave O’Higgins, Courtney Pine, George Shearing, Tommy Smith, Clark Terry, Lew Tabakin, Stan Tracey, Mel Tormé and Tommy Whittle. He has also worked with Nigel Kennedy, touring the UK performing ‘Four Seasons’ by Antonio Vivaldi, and they also made a duet recording of Duke Ellington’s ‘Black, Brown And Beige’. Dankworth has also worked with classical musicians, including playing with the London Symphony Orchestra and with the Royal Ballet. Among prestigious venues at which he has appeared are Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2002, he formed the Alec Dankworth Trio, with Phil Robson (guitar) and Julian Argüelles (saxophones). In the early 00s, Dankworth has again worked with his parents and became co-leader of the Dankworth Generation Band. In addition to his packed playing schedule, Dankworth also teaches bass, at the Guildhall School and at his parents’ establishment at Wavendon.