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REVIEW: Clare Teal at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds Festival

The BIG Mini Big Band was anything but mini in sound and verve as Clare Teal made a welcome return to the Bury St Edmunds Festival.

Once again her amazing vocals ranged from cool ballad to scintillating scat and great jazz and what looked so easy was indeed very, very easy on the ear.

Clare Teal picture by Chris Christodoulou (10708789)
Clare Teal picture by Chris Christodoulou (10708789)

Her nine piece backing band packed a punch with some excellent keyboard virtuoso from Jason Rebello as the show played a variety of numbers from the greats of the swing and jazz world - Ella Fitzgerald, Frances Faye, Peggy Lee and Lena Horne plus Clare's interpretation of some surprises - Sting's La Belle Dame Sans Regret, Tainted Love and Elvis's Don't Say Don't.

Throughout she kept up a lively rapport with band and audience.

Clare who has been a regular visitor to the festival is also host to the weekly Radio 2's Swing and Big Band show.

Supported by Simon Little, bass, and Ben Reynolds, drums, the six piece 'big band' came up trumps with some great sax work and a lovely reflective duo from flute and clarinet in No Alarms No Surprises.

Overall the performance was 'very good' in the keynote words of our incredibly talented northern lass whose love of the genre just keeps on giving.

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