Thaxted Festival | Claire Martin | Saturday 9 July, 7:30pm
Claire Martin
Saturday 9 July, 7:30pm

'Hollywood Romance' features a ten-piece band including the Tippett Quartet, Matt Skelton, James Pearson and Callum Au

Celebrate the art of popular song from the golden age of Hollywood! Expect to hear elegant, swinging settings of songs arranged by Callum Au, inspired by the legendary Songbook recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day and Sarah Vaughan.

The programme’s highlight is a collection of songs from the Shirley Horn/Johnny Mandel Grammy award-winning masterpiece Here’s To Life, orchestrated for the show by Tommy Laurance.

Claire Martin is at the peak of an illustrious international career as a jazz singer. Her 15th album for Linn records, Too Much in Love to Care, received 5-star reviews, Jazz Journal saying that she is ‘one of the finest jazz singers in the world today’. The album went on to win the ‘Best New Recording’ award at the 2012 British Jazz Awards.

Her supporting band is very similar to that for the Sinatra Tribute Close to You at last year’s Thaxted Festival. ‘The show was vintage jazz at its luxurious best, reminding one of the golden age of Hollywood and Nelson Riddle …universally enjoyed by all who came.’ Mark Eynon, Newbury Festival Director.