SOMERSET-based jazz singer Clare Teal brings her Big Mini Big Band to Bath Theatre Royal on Sunday 16th February with a programme that celebrates 100 years of pop music.
The concert by the award-winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter will feature highlights of the Great American and British Song Books, as well as the music of contemporary writers who are creating the standards of today.
The evening, packed with anecdotes and a jazz-infused repertoire, includes arrangements by world renowned trumpeter and composer Guy Barker and pianist extraordinaire Jason Rebello.
Yorkshire-born Clare Teal, who lived in Bath for many years, is one of the UK’s most celebrated and much loved singers. With a stunning voice, encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz, swing and big band music, and natural warmth and wit, she is in constant demand as a singer, recording artist and broadcaster.
Clare’s 2004 breakthrough album Don’t Talk topped the Jazz charts and entered the UK Top 20. She has recorded and released 15 albums to public and critical acclaim, seven on her own label. Her most recent album, Twelve O’Clock Tales was recorded with the Hallé and arranged by Guy Barker.
Her career highlights include collaborating with Sir Van Morrison on his album Duets: Reworking the Catalogue; singing with the BBC Big Band at Proms in the Park, and producing, presenting and performing at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms Seasons in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Clare Teal was British Jazz Singer of the year in 2005, 2007, 2015 and 2017; BBC Jazz Singer of the Year in 2006 and Boisdale Jazz Singer of the year 2016. She was awarded a coveted Gold Badge by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors in 2011, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Wolverhampton in 2015.
Photograph by Chris Christodolou.