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Hear The Jazz And Big Band Sounds Of Clare Teal Come Alive
Big Band music meets jazz in a new UK tour by one of the country's favourite and most popular performers. Acclaimed, award-winning singer Clare Teal is taking to the road with the help of her Mini Big Band backing group with the promise of a great evening of classic songs from some of the greats on both sides of the Atlantic. Clare, who combines her live concert performances with her regular slot as a BBC Radio 2 presenter, will be delivering a night of toe tapping, jazz influenced, big band songs produced by musical legends over the last 100 years, as well as the work of more contemporary writers and Clare's own original compositions.

Clare Teal
Clare Teal embarking on latest UK tour

The song list, which can be heard at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on Saturday 13 November, is expected to include music from Cole Porter to Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Sir Tim Rice to Sting, and will honour some of the great female performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee. But there will also be a selection of material from her new album, Twelve O'Clock Tales, which she released earlier this year having recorded with the famed Hallé Orchestra. Conducted and arranged by world-class trumpet player and composer Guy Barker, the album includes the songs Sans Souci, Secret Love, Feeling Good, Lush Life, It Might As Well Be Spring, and Wild Is The Wind.

Lichfield Garrick
A full house expected at the Lichfield Garrick

Clare's big breakthrough as a singer came in 2004 when she released her first album for Sony Jazz entitled Don't Talk, which both topped the jazz charts and also reached the UK Top 20. She has since gone on to release eight further successful albums, six of them on her own label MUD Records. Alongside her own weekly two hour live radio show on BBC Radio 2, Clare performs regularly throughout the UK and internationally, with either her Pianist, Trio, Mini Big Band or Hollywood Orchestra (Mini Big Band with Strings) shows. She also guests with the Hallé, BBC Concert, RTÉ Concert and The John Wilson orchestras as well as other top big bands.

Lichfield Garrick
Clare Teal to perform at the Lichfield Garrick

And away from her other commitments Clare has also worked with Sir Van Morrison on his album Duets, opened for Liza Minnelli at the Royal Festival Hall, sung with the BBC Big Band at Proms in the Park, headlined the Bourbon Street Tent at Glastonbury Festival, and performed regularly at the world renowned Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Clare, who won British Jazz Singer of the Year in 2005, 2007 and 2015, and BBC Jazz Singer of the Year in 2006, will be performing her live concert at Lichfield Garrick theatre on Saturday 13 November. Tickets costing £21 are available online or by ringing 01543 412121.

Upcoming Shows

Oct 22 Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight 01983 868000
Oct 23 Cambridge Arts Theatre 01223 503 333
Oct 25 Crazy Coqs 020 7734 4888
Oct 27 Warner's Sinah Warren Hotel 0330 100 9774
Oct 29 The Stables, Wavendon 01908 280800

Nov 5 Cedars Hall, Wells 07773 350973
Nov 13 Lichfield Garrick 01543 412 121
Nov 17 Magic & Mayhem Festival, Corsham 01249 701628
Nov 19 Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead 01628 788997
Nov 24 Harlequin Theatre, Redhill 01737 276500
Nov 26 The Brewhouse, Taunton 01823 283 244
Nov 30 Malvern Theatres 01684 892 277

Dec 2 Hartland Parish Hall, North Devon 0333 666 3366
Dec 3 The Pheasantry, Pizza Express, Chelsea 020 7439 4962
Dec 7 Concorde Club, Eastleigh 023 8061 3989
Dec 8 Music Room, Pizza Express, Maidstone 020 7439 4962
Dec 11 Royal Albert Hall, London 020 7589 8212
Dec 16 The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 0161 907 9000
Dec 18 Birmingham Town Hall 0121 780 3333
Dec 19 Komedia, Bath 0845 293 8480
Dec 21 Town Hall, Ayr 01292 288235
Dec 22 Grand Hall, Glasgow City Halls 0141 353 8000
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Why? The Great Big Band Sound Of Jazz Supremo Clare Teal
When: 22 Oct to 22 Dec 2016
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets £21 each
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