If you’re in search of a full day of great music in a grand concert hall environment, or are simply winding down the week at this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival at St John’s Smith Square is the place to be. The festival’s Swinging Sunday event on November 19 will offer up stellar performances of classic jazz standards throughout the day.
Beginning at 2:30 pm, jazz singer Clare Teal and her Mini Big Band will kick off the final day of the festival with classics from, among others, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin and Irvin Berlin. Teal’s sweet, emotive vocals have made her one of the UK’s most celebrated jazz singers, winning critical acclaim throughout her 15 album career. Slated in the line up of catalogue classics set to be performed include ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’, ‘Let’s Do It Let’s Fall In Love’, and ‘Mack The Knife’, and additional well-loved standards.
Teal’s show is followed that evening with a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. The Ella Fitzgerald Centenary Concert begins at 7:30 and is presented by Liane Carroll and Claire Martin. Teaming up for the event, both vocalists have been voted best singers in the British Jazz Awards 2016 and 2015. Pianist and singer Carroll’s smooth alto and Martin’s sultry crooning (“She ranks among the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet”, according to Jazz Times USA) make for a fitting tribute to Fitzgerald’s legacy. Ella Fitzgerald, who won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums, was the most popular female jazz singer for over half a century and is an enduring talent in jazz history.
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