Capital City Jazz Orchestra with Special Guest Clare Teal
Join the Capital City Jazz Orchestra and guest vocalist Clare Teal for a night of Big Band classics from the golden age of Swing. Expect great music from the bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellingon and songs from the great American songbook including Cole Porter and Rogers & Hart.
The Capital City Jazz Orchestra was formed in 2007 and features some of the finest Jazz musicians in South Wales. They play regularly at Jazz Clubs across Wales and have performed at the Brecon Jazz Festival and Swansea International Jazz Festival. In the last 10 years they have worked with a host of International Jazz artists including Lee Gibson, Jeff Hooper, Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale, Dave O' Higgins, Bruce Adams, Nigel Hitchcock and Bobby Shew. They are returning to the Welsh Proms for the seventh year after hugely successful concerts with Pete Long, Matt Ford, Claire Martin and Lance Ellington.
Yorkshire-born 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. She has now recorded and released 15 albums to public and critical acclaim, 7 of them on her own label MUD Records.
Her most recent album, ‘Twelve O’Clock Tales’, was released in 2016 and recorded with the Hallé, conducted by Stephen Bell and arranged by world-class trumpet and composer Guy Barker.
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 today’s world.Accompanied by her Pianist, Trio, 7-piece Mini Big Band, 9-piece Big Mini Big Band or 17-piece Hollywood Orchestra Clare performs up and down the country throughout the year at festivals and high profile venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Malvern Theatres, Anvil Arts, Sage Gateshead, Love Supreme, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival and Glastonbury Festival, as well as singing with renowned orchestras and Big Bands including the Hallé, BBC CO, RTÉ CO, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Big Band (hr-Big Band) BBC NOW and BBC SSO. Alongside her concerts, Clare presents her own live show on BBC Radio 2 every Sunday night.
August 2017 saw Clare produce and present her third full scale BBCProm Concert to a packed audience at the Royal Albert Hall. Featuring two roaring Big Bands led by Guy Barker and Winston Rollins and some very special guests, ‘Swing No End’ celebrated the triumphs of big band greats from the ‘30’s and ‘40’s and the show was broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 2 and 3.
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’, performing with Gregory Porter for BBC Two’s 2018 Christmas Day show Merry Christmas Baby – with Gregory Porter and Friends,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, storming the Gateshead International Jazz Festival and producing, presenting and performing ‘The Story of Swing’ in 2015 and the ‘Battle of the Bands Duke Ellington v Count Basie’ in 2014 for the BBC Proms Season at the Royal Albert Hall.
Clare won British Jazz Singer of the year in 2005, 2007, 2015 and 2017, BBC Jazz Singer of the Year in 2006 and Boisdale Jazz Singer of the year 2016. 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.