Hollywood Romance with Claire Martin



11 Jan 2016
Venue : Pizza Express Jazz Club
Address : Dean Street, Soho

Following the success of “Close To You”, Matt Skelton has devised an entirely original project bringing together the ensemble in collaboration with multi award-winning and celebrated jazz singer and broadcaster Claire Martin OBE. Claire has been described by Jazz Times USA as “rank(ing) among the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet”.

“Hollywood Romance” celebrates the art and setting of popular song from the golden age of Hollywood. Expect to hear elegant, swinging settings of songs arranged by Callum Au and inspired by the legendary Songbook recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day and Sarah Vaughan. The programme’s highlight is songs from the Shirley Horn/Johnny Mandel Grammy award-winning masterpiece Here’s To Life, which have been orchestrated especially by Tommy Laurence.

“Hollywood Romance” was launched at the Newbury Festival earlier this year:

The show was vintage jazz at its luxurious best reminding one of the golden age of Hollywood and Nelson Riddle in a programme which was universally enjoyed by all who came. ” – Mark Eynon, Newbury Festival Director