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Intimate date with queen of Jazz
It was a feast of entertainment, a banquet of superb musicality and easy wit from Airedale’s own Queen of Jazz, Clare Teal.
She was in her Yorkshire element at the King’s Hall, Ilkley, yesterday, a highlight of the Ilkley Summer Festival, singing with that wonderfully mellow voice and swapping stories, turning that big hall into an intimate gathering.
Clare, who hales from Kildwick, treats the audience and her quintet – tremendous musicians in their own right – as one big family, effortlessly slipping from song to talk and back, but belying the true professionalism and dedication needed to produce such a tight and polished performance from the whole set.
Most of her songs were from her latest album Get Happy, a mixture of old standards and new material but all demonstrating her amazing vocal dexterity and range.
The evening was a musical journey exploring her talent through ballads like Love Hurts, forays into Latin with Begin the Beguine and classics like Shiny Stockings.