Bury St Edmunds Festival closes with Big Band

Clare Teal performs with the BBC Big Band at Bury St Edmunds Festival
Clare Teal performs with the BBC Big Band at Bury St Edmunds Festival

Clare Teal and the BBC Big Band, Abbey Gardens, May 27

THE Queen of Jazz, CLare Teal, once again delivered in a welcome return to the festival.

The award winning vocalist and the BBC Big Band took the Sunday evening park picnicers through some of the great female jazz vocalists of the era including Peggy Lee, Doris Day and Judy Garland.

As ever Teal’s mellow, warm voice was effortless and was finely complemented by the smooth sounds of the band under conductor Barry Forgie with some excellent indiviudual spots.

That Old Black Magic, Secret Love, Sentimental Journey and works from Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington were easy listening.

The audience was seated a little too far back from the stage for my liking which meant we lost the sense of easy intimacy which characterises Teal’s performance but her charm and musicality shone through making it a delightful evening. LA