Making a welcome return to the Bury St Edmunds Festival, Clare Teal proved once again her superb mastery of music as she took her audience through some of the best jazz songs and set the seal of her honeyed voice on them.
Her mini big band, four brass plus Jim Watson, piano, Simon Little, bass, and Ben Reynolds, drums, created the big band feel as we enjoyed the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Doris Day as well as Clare’s own compositions.
The singer was, as always, mesmerising in the ballads and it was her interpretation of Hallelujah and Chasing Cars that had the hairs on the back of my neck rigid.
This consummate performer proved what a trooper she was as she spent the entire interval in the Apex foyer signing CDs and chatting to a huge queue of fans and then went straight back on stage for a great second half.
Those who listen to her Sunday night BBC 2 radio show will appreciate her passion for her music but it is in her live performance that this truly manifests itself.
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