Saturday 19th November 2011
City Hall, Hull
with BBC Big Band
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 "Don't Talk".
Currently making radio shows for BBC Radio 2, Clare is currently on the road promoting her new album 'Hey Ho' (Out Now).
Clare has announced the following live dates around the UK
Thursday 17th November 2011 - Theatre Royal, Wakefield
Tel. 01924 211311 / £16 - £15
Friday 18th November 2011 - Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancaster
Tel. 01524 64695 / £18 £17 conc
Saturday 19th November 2011 - City Hall, Hull with BBC Big Band
Tel. 01482 300300 / £16.50 - 22.50
Sunday 27th November 2011 - Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering
Tel. 01536 414141 / £ 18 Conc £16
Friday 9th December 2011 - Pizza Express, Maidstone
Tel. 0845 6027 017
Saturday 10th December 2011 - Theatr Hafren, Newtown, Powys
Tel. 01686 625 007 / £14
Wednesday 14th December 2011 - St George's, Bristol
Tel. 0845 4024001 / £19
Friday 16th December 2011 - Town Hall, Birmingham with BBC Big Band and Matthew Ford
Tel. 0121 780 3333 / £19.50 - 13.50
Sunday 18th December 2011 - Chapel Arts, Bath
Tel. 01225 461 700 / £25
Saturday 31st December 2011 - Liverpool New Year's Eve - Liverpool Philharmonic with John Wilson
Tel. 0151 709 3789 / £40 - £16
2011 will be the busiest year yet for our Clare, with UK dates galore, festival appearances (including Glastonbury), an Autumn tour and of course a Christmas tour - and a healthy smattering of other surprises in between.
Growing up in a tiny village near Skipton in Yorkshire, England, a young Clare Teal was unlike many other teens of 1980s. Resisting the charms of Simon Le Bon and unmoved by the pleadings of Nik Kershaw, Teal spent her time in the attic listening to her Nan’s 78s "I was obsessed with the singers of the 30s, the 40s and 50s."
Trained as a child in the Organ, Piano and Clarinet, Clare Teal went on to study Music at the University of Wolverhampton. Upon graduation she entered a national competition to find the country’s best Billie Holiday soundalike, in which she came second.
One of Clare’s first jobs was writing jingles "I'd write these jingles, and then sing them in the manner of Julie Andrews, Madonna, my old favourite Billie Holiday and, well, anybody, really," she recalls. "They were singing telegrams, effectively, and it was actually a lot of fun.”
At 27, fate then stepped in. A pianist she had met years earlier during her Billie Holiday episode called, requiring a singer to perform alongside him for one night only and wondering whether Clare would be interested. It proved to be the night of her life, where everything suddenly felt natural and right. "This was my toe in the door of the industry," she says, "and I was going to make the very best of it." This entailed making a selection of demos, guesting with various jazz bands, playing locally and losing a lot of money. But she was nevertheless gradually making a name for herself, and people were beginning to take notice.
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 makes a welcome return in 2011 with her tenth album ‘Hey Ho’ a celebration of The Great British Songbook, spanning a period of almost 120 years
Clare won British Jazz Singer of the year in both 2005 and 2007, and BBC Jazz Singer of the Year 2006.
Clare Teal’s new album ‘HEY HO’ is out now.
For more information visit Clare's website here