Thursday 14th June 2018
- Friday 15th June 2018
£20.00 - £45.00
Line-up: Vocals: CLAIRE MARTIN, Piano: MARTIN SJÖSTEDT, Bass: NIKLAS FERNQVIST, Drums: DANIEL FREDRIKSSON
Linn recording artist and South Coast Jazz Festival Director Claire Martin has to worldwide critical acclaim established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards seven times along the way.
After leaving stage school Claire turned professional at 19 and two years later realised her dream of singing at Ronnie Scott's legendary jazz club in Soho. Signed to the prestigious Glasgow based Linn Records in 1990, Claire has since released 19 CDs with the label, collaborating with musical luminaries including Martin Taylor, John Martyn, Stephane Grappelli, Kenny Barron, Richard Rodney Bennett and Jim Mullen on many of these recordings.
Claire performs world wide with her various bands and, until his death in 2012, worked extensively with the celebrated composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in a cabaret duo setting both in England and the US where they played to sell out crowds at venues including the prestigious Algonquin Hotel in New York City. Claire appears as a featured soloist with the Halle Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Claire presented BBC Radio 3’s flagship jazz program ‘Jazz Line Up’ from 2000 to 2017 and interviewed many of her musical heroes such as Pat Metheny and the late Michael Brecker. Her 2009 CD A Modern Art prompted Jazz Times USA to claim: "She ranks among the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet".
Winning the 2009 and 2010 ‘Best Vocalist’ category at the British Jazz Awards Claire toured extensively throughout the UK, Scandinavia, Russia and China, appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and her quartet and trio.
In 2011 Claire made her debut at the Lincoln Center in New York with Grammy winning pianist Bill Charlap and went on to perform for the third time at the famous Algonquin Hotel for a three week residency with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. Their CD Witchcraft gained much critical acclaim and was “unequivocally recommended” by Jazzwise magazine. At the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June, Claire was delighted to be awarded an OBE for her Services to Jazz.
In August 2011 Claire recorded with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron and an all-star American line up for her fifteenth album for Linn records. ‘Too Much in Love to Care’ received 5 star reviews and prompted the US magazine Jazz Journal to state that she is “one of the finest jazz singers in the world today”. This album went on to win the ‘Best New Recording’ award at the 2012 British Jazz Awards. 2013 was spent touring the new material in the UK and Europe and embarking on a new show The Two of Us with the celebrated conductor John Wilson, Joe Stilgoe, Mark McGann and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, celebrating the music of Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
During 2014/5 Claire embarked on a new and unique musical adventure with the Brighton based Montpellier Cello Quartet. With new arrangements especially written for her by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Mark Anthony Turnage and Django Bates, this new chamber jazz ensemble toured the UK promote a new album on Linn Records called ‘Time and Place’. The album was warmly received and Clive Davis of The Times cited Claire as “our finest jazz singer”.
2016/7 was spent touring with singer/saxophonist Ray Gelato and the Dave Newton piano trio. Their Linn recording ‘We’ve Got a World That Swings’ was reviewed by The Observer as “An irresistible mixture of swing, jump-and-jive and sheer bonhomie”.
In a more intimate duo setting Claire continues to develop rewarding collaborations with vocalists Liane Carroll and Joe Stilgoe as well as continuing her duo partnership with the singer/comedian Ian Shaw. These shows are sell-out affairs at festivals and clubs around the UK.
This year Claire will celebrate the music of the legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery with Scottish guitar ace Jim Mullen featuring brand new lyrics written especially for the project by vocalist Imogen Ryall. The new project called ‘Full House’ will be recorded by the hip Danish label Stunt Records. Claire will tour the album around the UK and Scandinavia alongside promoting her brand new all-Swedish piano led trio. Planning for the 2019 South Coast Jazz Festival is now underway and has become a firm fixture on the UK jazz festival calendar.
Claire Martin lives in Brighton with her husband and daughter.
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