20 Oct 2019 at Hoochie Coochie, NE1 6SF

Claire Martin

with Strictly Smokin' Big Band

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“She ranks among the four or five best female jazz vocalists on the planet.” Jazz Times

Strictly Smokin’ are thrilled to bring the incomparable Claire Martin to Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Sunday 20th October 2019.

There is nothing Claire hasn’t done across her career – she has performed world wide with top ranking musicians, and is virtually second to non when it comes to big bands! With notable performances with the BBC Big Band, Mark Nightingale Big Band and John Wilson Orchestra – you’ll be in for a treat!

Signed to the prestigious Glasgow based Linn Records in 1990, Claire has since released 18 CDs with the label, collaborating with musical luminaries including Martin Taylor, John Martyn, Stephane Grappelli, Kenny Barron, Richard Rodney Bennett and Jim Mullen.

A few of her numerous accolades include recognition by British Jazz Awards, BASCAs and, of course, her OBE for services to jazz.

Three sets of music from Strictly Smokin’ and Claire Martin across a Sunday afternoon at Hoochie Coochie  – – what could be better?

"This was one of those, if I'm going to die let it be now moments."

Be Bop Spoken Here: Claire Martin

"The voice, full and round, the pitch perfect, the phrasing impeccable."

Be Bop Spoken Here: Claire Martin

"...the rip roaring the SSBB."

Be Bop Spoken Here: Claire Martin

"I've stopped using plaudits like 'Gig of the Month', 'Gig of the Year' etc. There are just too many to realistically even shortlist them. However, if I had still been going down that road then last night would certainly have been a front runner."

Be Bop Spoken Here: Claire Martin

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