Born in Epsom to musician parents Claire has run her own function band for 11 years, trained as a teacher and taught languages and music and completed a music Masters with merit in Jazz performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama while bringing up her three children as a single mother.
She has studied or worked with Scott Stroman, Malcolm Edmonstone, Martin Hathaway, Lee Gibson, Liane Carol, Ian Shaw and Carlos Lopez Real.
She is living between London and Alicante and currently working on her debut album.
Guildhall Jazz Ensemble play the Music of the E17 Jazz Collective (Guildhall Jazz Festival, 23rd March 2015. Review by Sebastian Scotney)
"The ensemble of students - who ranged from first years to post-grads - were put through their paces in compositions by Brigitte Beraha, John Turville, Dave Manington and Carlos Lopez-Real himself. The first half, which I heard, was all made up of challenging music. The student performers were doing well with the textures and sound-worlds, and just starting to get into their stride, to settle, to convey the narrative of the music with authority... when I had to leave. Alto saxophonist Matt Davies, for example, started tentatively but was alreay starting to play with more authority by the end of the set. Charlotte Keeffe was playing characterful beautiful-toned flugelhorn. Vocalist Claire Phoenix was doing well with a vocal part full of traps for the unwary on every page."
According to Dennis
"It was a real pleasure to work with Claire as part of the PureSolo competition. Lyrically, she possesses a soothing, relaxed tone, able to navigate a song with the freedom I would say, of a bird in flight. Able to adapt to any working situation, she showed great professionalism both on and off stage, 'rolling with the punches' where necessary, while remaining focused, and delivering a great performance. I look forward to sharing the stage with her again sometime in the near future"
Claire is relentless in her search to challenge the ‘known’ and look for what is fresh and alive in her work.
Claire’s band can provide jazz/swing/Latin/soul music for any event.
For all enquiries for booking Claire's band for your event, please contact Claire at email@example.com or call 07790 785619.
For all enquiries for booking a band for your event, please contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07790 785619 or +34 681681546.