From presenting her BBC Radio 2 shows, to supporting Liza Minnelli at Kenwood House, performing at the Royal Albert Hall with the John Wilson Orchestra as part of the BBC Proms, picking up one of BASCA’s coveted Gold Badge awards alongside Mick Hucknell and Joan Armatrading, not to mention being crowned Yorkshire Arts Personality of the Year for a second time, Clare Teal can do it all – which is how her concerts can cover such a huge spectrum of sounds and genres so wonderfully.
And although rooted in the jazz traditions of the 1930’s and 40’s, the main focus is on Clare’s interpretations and delivery of some of the greatest songs British songs of the last 100 years.
From Ivor Novello and Noel Coward to Annie Lennox and Snow Patrol, the show wends its way through 100 years of pure class.
The two songs that started the whole project were Try A Little Tenderness and A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square“I had always assumed these to be American songs and was fascinated to learn that both were written by Americans and Brits working together”. Add to the mix an uplifting New Orleans take on Ray Noble’s Love Is The Sweetest Thing, a blistering samba arrangement of Moloko’s Sing It Back with Latin percussion. It is to Clare’s credit that all these songs from such wide-ranging eras sit alongside each other so comfortably.
The evening promises to be as varied as it is entertaining, with Clare’s inimitable humour and banter mixed perfectly with uplifting ballads and up-tempo classics, old and new.
Thu-24-Jan Pizza Express Dean St., London £40 0845 6027 017
Sat-09-Feb Sturmer Hall, Haverhill, £42.20 (incl supper) 01440 705368
Sat-16-Feb Fisher Theatre, Bungay £18 01986 897130
Wed-27-Feb Concorde Club, Eastleigh £52 (incl meal) - £28 023 8061 3989
Sat-02-Mar Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon £20/£16/£15 01805 624624
Sun-03-Mar Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival, Colston Hall 0117 922 3686
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Fri-08-Mar Westcliff Theatre, Clacton £18.50 conc £17 01255 433 344
Sat-09-Mar Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead £16 01628 788997
Fri-15-Mar Cinnamon Club Bowden, Altrincham £25 0161 926 8992
Sat-16-Mar Gala Theatre, Durham £15 £13.50 conc 0191 332 4041
Tue-19-Mar Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold £15 conc £12 children £5 0845 330 3565
Fri-22-Mar Assembly Rooms, Derby £16 £14 conc 01332 255800
Sat-23-Mar Huntingdon Hall, Worcester £17 01905 611427
Sun-24-Mar Capitol Theatre, Horsham £18.50 £16 conc 01403 750220
Thu-04-Apr Theatre Royal, Wakefield £18 - £14, plus conc 01924 211311
Fri-05-Apr The Stables, Wavendon £23.50 01908 280800
Sat-13-Apr Loughborough Town Hall £15, £13 conc 01509 231914
Sun-21-Apr Budleigh Jazz Festival £22.50 01395 223435/446767
Sat-27-Apr St George's Bristol £19
0845 4024 001
Sun-05-May Theatre by the Lake, Keswick £19 – £13 017687 74411
Thu-09-May Cadogan Hall, London £27 - £15 0207 730 4500
Sat-11-May Rhosygilwen Mansion, Pembrokeshire £15 01239 841387
Thu-16-May Epsom Playhouse
From £14.50 01372 742555/742227
Sat-18-May Cambridge Arts Theatre £15,£20,£25 TBC
Yorkshire born Clare Teal is one of the most successful female British jazz singers in decades with a string of albums behind her, including the UK National Top 20 hit and award winning album "Don't Talk".
After signing to Sony in 2004, this was to be Clare’s breakthrough album and it is an exquisite record of tender jazz that perfectly exemplifies just what a talent she is.
Critical acclaim poured in from the national broadsheets and magazines for Clare, who then went on to write and record her fifth studio album ‘Paradisi Carousel’ which saw her music move towards a more mainstream pop style.
However in 2008, Clare embraced a return to her first love - jazz with the release of 'Get Happy’ on the Universal imprint W14 Music.
She has also performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms, appearing with the John Wilson Orchestra and singing, amongst others, "Secret Love" to great acclaim.
Clare also won British Jazz Singer Of The Year in both 2005 and 2007, and BBC Jazz Singer Of The Year 2006.
Having spent 2012 on a UK wide tour with her "Feeling Good" show, presenting her weekly shows for BBC Radio 2 (BBC Big Band Special on Monday evenings and Clare Teal on Sundays, both on Radio 2), writing her regular Yorkshire Post newspaper column, promoting her latest album, 'Hey Ho', a celebration of The Great British Songbook, spanning a period of almost 120 years from Yeats to Snow Patrol and including two of her own compositions, a Christmas tour, taking part in, and presenting along with Olly Murs, the BBC Leeds Build a Big Band formed for Children in Need, 2012 proved to be the busiest year yet for Clare.
2013 is set to be no different with UK dates galore, (see the above live gigs listings for more details), festival appearances, return visits to many favourites, as well as visiting some new venues and a healthy smattering of other surprises in between.