Thursday October 26th @ Hall for Cornwall
Back Quay, Truro TR1 2LL
Show time: 7:30pm
Box Office Tel: 01872 262466
From swing to sublime ballads, Clare Teal’s Mini Big Band concerts are renowned across the country for their energetic exuberance.
Backed by a spectacular band of first rate musicians, award-winning singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Clare provides an evening of toe tapping big band songs which appeal to all and have the audience dancing in the aisles.
The rich, jazz infused repertoire explores timeless classics penned by the legendary musical storytellers of the last 100 years with music from Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer and Irving Berlin, and honouring the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee throwing forward to more modern songsmiths such as Van Morrison, Sting and Clare herself.
As one of the UK’s greatest interpreters of song and much loved performers, Clare Teal and her Mini Big Band promise a sparkling night of inspired music and unbridled entertainment, performed by the very best.
For more info please visit www.clareteal.co.uk
Clare Teal is one of the UK’s most celebrated and much loved singers. With her stunning voice, encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz, swing and big band music, and her innate warmth and wit, Clare is a sought after singer throughout the country as well as a prolific recording artist and popular BBC Radio 2 broadcaster.
After signing to independent label Candid in 2001 and releasing 3 acclaimed titles, it was Clare’s first album for Sony Jazz which became her breakthrough record. Released in 2004, ‘Don’t Talk’ topped the Jazz charts and entered the UK Top 20, garnering extraordinary plaudits and several awards. By the middle of this year she will have recorded and released 15 albums to public and critical acclaim, 7 of them on her own label MUD Records.
Clare continues to surge ahead on her mission to bring big band and swing to music lovers everywhere, to demonstrate that this genre is ever evolving and still relevant in todays world. Alongside her own weekly 2 hour live radio show on BBC Radio 2, Clare performs across the length and breadth of the UK, and internationally, with either her Pianist, Trio, Mini Big Band or Hollywood Orchestra (Mini Big Band with Strings), celebrating the singers and songwriters of yesteryear and today alongside her own original material. She also guests with the Hallé, BBC Concert, RTÉ Concert and The John Wilson orchestras as well as other top big bands. In August 2015, in addition to a packed touring schedule, Clare produced and presented her 2nd full scale concert for the Proms Season at the Royal Albert Hall. ‘Story of Swing’ featured 2 roaring big bands and many special guests it was broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and televised on BBC Four.
Spring 2016 saw the release of her new album, and most ambitious project to date, Twelve O’Clock Tales, recorded with the famed Hallé orchestra launching on April 30th. . To support the release Clare will be touring Twelve O’Clock Tales throughout 2016, conducted and arranged by world-class trumpet and composer Guy Barker. The inaugural concert is at Bridgewater Hall with the Hallé on April 30th 2016.
Other highlights of Clare’s live work include collaborating with Sir Van Morrison on his album ‘Duets: Reworking the Catalogue’ resulting in the A listed Radio single ‘Carrying A Torch’, opening twice for Liza Minnelli at Kenwood House and the Royal Festival Hall, singing with the BBC Big Band at Proms in the Park, headlining the Bourbon Street Tent at Glastonbury Festival, performing regularly at the world renowned Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, storming the Marlborough Jazz Festival and producing, presenting and performing ‘Battle of the Bands Duke Ellington v Count Basie’ for the 2014 Proms Season at the Royal Albert Hall, which was broadcast simultaneously on BBC Radio 2 & 3 and was the most viewed prom of 2014 on BBC Four.
Clare won British Jazz Singer of the year in 2005, 2007 and 2015, 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.
Twelve O’Clock Tales – Album preview listen here: https://clareteal.bandcamp.com/