Wednesday 15th May 2019
- Thursday 16th May 2019
£25.00 - £42.50
Claire Martin - Vocals
Martin Sjöstedt - Piano
Niklas Fernqvist - Bass
Johan Löfcrantz Ramsay - Drums
CLAIRE MARTIN OBE
Linn recording artist 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 eight times during her career which spans over three decades. In 2018 she was the proud recipient of the BASCA Gold Badge Award for her contribution to jazz.
Claire became a professional singer 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 in1990, Claire has since released 20 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 has performed worldwide with her trio 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 houses 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 co-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". At the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2011 Claire was delighted to be awarded an OBE for her Services to Jazz.
Her 2019 recording ‘Believin’ It’ will be with her brand new all-Swedish trio and her twentieth album release. The quartet will tour throughout the UK during May and June.
Support: KAIYO 3
Simon Purcell and Amy Baldwin with special guest Jon Scott
Simon Purcell – piano
Amy Baldwin - double bass
Jon Scott – drums
Kaiyo… the sea, constantly reforming, waves, currents, tides and flow. This poetic affectation hopefully represents the inspiration we take from the music formed by or influenced by the great facilitators of group improvisation in jazz, in particular Bill Evans, Jimmy Guiffre and Miles Davis.
This performance will feature familiar tunes (standards) and a few original compositions, but whatever the material the intention throughout is to develop interaction, ebb and flow amongst the three protagonists within the tides and currents of improvisation.
Bill Evans wrote so insightfully about jazz by referring to Japanese art:
"There is a Japanese visual art in which the artist is forced to be spontaneous. He must paint on a thin stretched parchment with a special brush and black water paint in such a way that an unnatural or interrupted stroke will destroy the line or break through the parchment. Erasures or changes are impossible. These artists must practice a particular discipline, that of allowing the idea to express itself in communication with their hands in such a direct way that deliberation cannot interfere.
The resulting pictures lack the complex composition and textures of ordinary painting, but it is said that those who see well find something captured that escapes explanation (form the liner notes for Miles Davis, Kind of Blue 1959).
… this very much captures the Zen of jazz!