Clare won British Jazz Singer of the year in 2005, 2007, 2015 and 2017, and BBC Jazz Singer of the Year in 2006. She was awarded Arts & Entertainment Personality of the Year in 2004 & 2011 Yorkshire Awards, a coveted Gold Badge by BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) in 2011 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Wolverhampton in 2015.
This brand new show sees award-winning vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her excellent musicians effortlessly traverse a rich landscape of timeless and sparkling material, with standards from the grand masters of the Great American Song Book, Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart to witty and urbane song stylists of the ’50s and ’60s – Cy Coleman , Carolyn Leigh and Dave Brubeck, there’s always a nod to more contemporary writers and originals too.
This ensemble, built to demonstrate the thrill and power of the big band age, packed with fantastic jazz players capable of taking flight at any given moment, gives a great backdrop for Clare to communicate her eclectic songbook of intimate ballads, roaring blues, sophisticated swing and fiery latin tunes; in fact grooves of every kind are in abundance.
With arrangements by world-renowned trumpeter and composer Guy Barker and jazz pianist extraordinaire Jason Rebello, songs include Cry Me A River, Take Five, What Is This Thing Called Love, I Wish You Love, I’ll Take Romance, It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing, How Long Has This Been Going On, Perfidia, There’ll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight…
As one of the UK’s greatest interpreters of song and much loved performers, Clare and her Big Mini Big Band promise an evening of inspired music and unbridled entertainment, coupled with Clare’s warm and witty storytelling a night to be remembered is guaranteed!