London Jazz Festival - Clare Teal

Photo of the UK’s Queen of Swing: Clare Teal.
Sunday, 24th Nov 2013

Celebrate the music of her heroines with the UK’s Queen of Swing. Enjoy a journey through the the jazz and big band song book – including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Doris Day and more. A top night of music and the occasional outrageous anecdote, all delivered with Clare’s trademark wit and warmth.

Clare Teal - vocals
Grant Windsor - piano
Simon Little - bass
Ben Reynolds - drums

An ex-jingle writer Clare did non start performing until the age of 27. Since then she has built up her name to become one of the nation's most respected vocalists.

In 2001, she inked a deal with independent label Candid, for whom she wrote and recorded three albums, ‘That's the Way It Is’, ‘Orsino's Songs’, ‘The Road Less Travelled’

Clare signed with the Sony Jazz label in 2004, which spawned what would become her breakthrough album ‘Don't Talk’, an exquisite record of tender jazz that perfectly exemplified just what a talent she was. Critical acclaim poured in from the broadsheets and magazines. ‘Don't Talk’ topped the British jazz charts and cracked the UK Top 20, shipping 60,000 copies and winning several awards.

Clare’s fifth studio album ‘Paradisi Carousel’ saw the 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.

Alongside her music, Clare has a successful career in broadcasting, presenting Clare Teal, Sunday night at 10pm and Big Band Special, Monday night at 11pm for Radio 2. She also contributes a weekly column to her beloved Yorkshire Post.

Clare made a welcome return to recording in 2011 with her tenth album ‘Hey Ho’ a celebration of The Great British Songbook.

Clare won British Jazz Singer of the year in both 2005 and 2007, and BBC Jazz Singer of the Year 2006.