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Matthew Ruddick

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Author of Funny Valentine, an acclaimed new biography of the jazz trumpet player and singer, Chet Baker.
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We’re looking forward to hearing Clare Teal and her regular accompanist Jason Rebello at The Pheasantry on Saturday 11 July. In advance of the gigs - we haven’t yet worked out whether to go to the early or the late sitting - we asked the singer and broadcaster about life in and out of lockdown.

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The classic big band, updated.

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After signing to independent label Candid in 2001 and releasing three 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 gone on to release eight more successful albums, six of them on her own label MUD Records. 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. Alongside her own weekly 2 hour live radio show on BBC Radio 2, Clare performs across the length and breadth of the UK, and internationally, with either her Pianist, Trio, Mini Big Band or Hollywood Orchestra (Mini Big Band with Strings), celebrating the singers and songwriters of yesteryear and today alongside her own original material. She also guests with the Hallé, BBC Concert, RTÉ Concert and The John Wilson orchestras as well as other top big bands. In August 2015, in addition to a packed touring schedule, Clare produced and presented her 2nd full scale concert for the Proms Season at the Royal Albert Hall. ‘Story of Swing’ featured 2 roaring big bands and many special guests it was broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and televised on BBC Four. This spring saw the release of her new album, and most ambitious project to date, Twelve O’Clock Tales, recorded with the famed Hallé orchestra launching on April 30th. To support the release Clare will be touring Twelve O’Clock Tales throughout 2016, conducted and arranged by world-class trumpet and composer Guy Barker. 

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