Yorkshire born Clare Teal is one of the most successful female British jazz singers in decades with a string of albums behind her, including the UK National Top 20 hit "Don't Talk".
Clare will spend 2012 either on tour with her new show "Feeling Good", making radio shows for BBC Radio 2 (BBC Big Band Special on Monday evenings and Clare Teal on Sundays, both on Radio 2), writing columns or promoting her newest album, 'Hey Ho', released in 2011. It will be the busiest year yet for our Clare, with UK dates galore, (see the live gigs listings for more details), festival appearances, return visits to many favourites as well as new venues and of course a Christmas tour - and a healthy smattering of other surprises in between ....
In the meantime here's the story so far ..
Grant Windsor is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and producer from Perth, Western Australia.
He began classical studies early at the age of 9 beginning on flute. This led him to be involved in groups all around Australia from an early age, such as the National Children Wind Ensemble, West Australian Wind Ensemble and at age 17 Grant arranged and performed the original musical "Australian Stories" on tour.
After achieving his A.Mus.A on flute he moved on to study Piano, Conducting and Composition at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Grant has received a number of awards for his work in the arts including "Young Citizen of the Year" and the APRA Professional Development Award for Jazz Composition. This is a national scholarship of $10,000 where Grant went to study with Jim McNeely, Sam Yahel (in New York) and Russel Ferrante, Michel Colombier (In Los Angeles).
Grant is also conductor for a variety of ensembles inclucing the West Australian Composeres Ensemble (a 90 Piece Orcehestra featuring Big Band) and the nationally acclaimed 20th Century Music Ensemble "The Collective".
Bass player Simon Little is a graduate of The Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He joined pop group 'The Divine Comedy' in 2001 toured extensively in Europe and the US and is still an active member. Simon has also toured and recorded with a variety of artists, including Maggie Reilly, Chris Difford, Ben Folds and Nick Cave. He is a regular performer at the National Theatre and started 2012 in rep with "The Comedy of Errors" there, playing an itinerant musician.
Simon has released several solo bass albums including "Mandala" which can be streamed or puchased from here:
His latest album (May 2012) is [un]plugged, available from his website and here:
Ben Reynolds is one of the most creative and gifted drummers in the country and is in constant demand, playing with Clare, 2008 BBC Jazz Award and Ronnie Scotts best newcomer Award Winners FRAUD, Joe Stilgoe and 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Award Best Album Winners The Sam Crockatt Quartet.
He has played in venues and festivals across the globe, from New Zealand to Kathmandu to Glastonbury, and is as comfortable playing freeform jazz as he is backing pop artists in the studio. He is also noted for being one of the few drummers who can sing and play at the same time without dribbling. He can currently be heard in The Horne Section on Radio 4.