CLARE TEAL ~ Host and Vocals
JASON REBELLO ~ Piano
SIMON LITTLE ~ Bass
MATT SKELTON ~ Drums
As much as she thoroughly enjoys fronting her Big Band or her Hollywood Orchestra, or
presenting her weekly show on BBC Radio 2, award winning jazz singer Clare Teal
revels in performing in more intimate venues. Getting close to an audience is a
thrilling experience for Clare. She engages in a wonderful musical (and often spoken)
conversation with the audience and they in turn feel that they really have witnessed
something personal and very special.
The music you will hear is always evolving, from The Great American and British Songbooks
to the music made popular by her heroes, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Peggy Lee,
to more contemporary covers and original material.
Clare loves to create a melting pot of styles and genres, but all sung in her inimitable
Whatever her song choices, you will experience a dazzling evening of exquisite melodies sung by one of the UK's greatest interpreters of song.
The press have always been ecstatic about Clare. I particularly like this from Dave Gelly, about her 2011 album, "Hay Ho": "Even the sacrosanct "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" comes in for some daring reharmonisation. It's all very unexpected, and only a singer as bright and adventurous as Clare Teal could bring it off - which she does, flawlessly."
Clare is multitalented. She is a songwriter and lyricist. She has a great BBC radio programme, which you can find at at the BBC
Clare last graced our stage in 2004, to an ecstatic and sell-out crowd.
Her band is something quite special.
Leading on piano is Jason Rebello
Classically trained but inspired by Herbie Hancock, Jason first came to the attention of one of the founders of jazz fusion, Weather Report's saxophonist Wayne Shorter in the early 1990's. He was one of the forerunners of the modern jazz resurgence of that period and was quickly signed to BMG records on a three-album deal. He produced a further two albums by the end of the decade and toured extensively with his own band in the UK and internationally before he was invited by Sting join his band, following the untimely death in 1998 of piano legend and personal hero Kenny Kirkland.
His 2013 album, "Anything but Look" is very special.
Jason continues to teach and examine, lecturing at various schools and music colleges including The Guildhall School of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Welsh National College of Music and Bath Spa University. He runs workshops and master classes at Jazz Festivals both in the UK and Europe. He also helped establish the Jazz Factory at the Wiltshire Music Centre.
Jason last graced the Fleece Jazz bandstand in 2005.
Perhaps best known as the bassist with The Divine Comedy, Duke Special and The Duckworth Lewis Method, Simon Little
also tours regularly with Clare, of course, and Maggie Reilly. As a jazz bass player he plays with Lea DeLaria, Ian Shaw, and Nina Ferro. Simon has also played and recorded with Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, A Girl Called Eddy, Chris Difford, Jamie Cullum, Liane Carroll, Beth Rowley, Ben Folds, Norma Winstone, Claire Martin, Pee Wee Ellis, Boo Hewerdine, Polly Gibbons, Newton Faulkner and The Ronnie Scott's Allstars amongst others.
Simon was with us last in 2010.
Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 1994, Matt Skelton
's career has encompassed a diverse range of music. He has accompanied Harry Sweets Edison, Scott Hamilton, Conte Candoli, Nick Brignola, Harry Allen and both Bucky and John Pizzarelli. He has played with Dave O'Higgins, Alan Barnes, Mike Gorman, Kate Williams and occasionally the Pasadena Roof Orchestra; he is the drummer for the John Wilson Orchestra and regularly appears with the Halle and BBC Concert Orchestras, accompanying soloists such as Maria Ewing and Claire Martin. He is much in demand by UK musicians and has also worked with many visiting American artists such as Art Farmer, Brad Mehldau and Mark Turner.
Matt is a frequent and most welcome visitor to the Fleece Jazz stage.
Beautiful melodies, fabulous arrangements and all interspersed with Clare's
warm and witty story telling.