Claire Martin & Dave Newton

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A class act? A dream ticket? This year’s festival highlight? Take your pick. Whichever way you put it, this lunchtime’s intimate duo of Martin and Newton is sure to figure heavily as a must-see. Multi-award winners both (Claire bagging an OBE in 2011), creators of a string of classy albums in the most elite of musical company, and old friends, it's actually small wonder that they haven't paired up to duet more frequently. That said, the wider jazz world's loss is most certainly Herts Jazz's gain this afternoon. As those who know Newton's playing will tell you, he's virtually a rhythm section all by himself - spinning out no end of inventive right hand lines while maintaining a ceaseless pulse from his left. On more reflective fare, his natural good taste is even more in evidence, never failing to find just the right chord voicing to make a melody note sound like a pin drop. In addition to these assets, he's among the finest vocal accompanists anywhere, all the more fortuitous as on this gig he's working with one of the finest vocalists anywhere. Martin's way with a lyric is nothing less than masterly, her phrasing ranging from tight and in-the-pocket to capriciously loose and her tone – something of a signature – crossing the spectrum from a husky-echo of the great 1950s divas to a soul-stirring contemporary edge which reveals the eclectic tastes that lie beneath all the classicism. Unmissable.A class act? A dream ticket? This year’s festival highlight? Take your pick. Whichever way you put it, this lunchtime’s intimate duo of Martin and Newton is sure to figure heavily as a must-see. Multi-award winners both (Claire bagging an OBE in 2011), creators of a string of classy albums in the most elite of musical company, and old friends, it's actually small wonder that they haven't paired up to duet more frequently. That said, the wider jazz world's loss is most certainly Herts Jazz's gain this afternoon. As those who know Newton's playing will tell you, he's virtually a rhythm section all by himself - spinning out no end of inventive right hand lines while maintaining a ceaseless pulse from his left. On more reflective fare, his natural good taste is even more in evidence, never failing to find just the right chord voicing to make a melody note sound like a pin drop. In addition to these assets, he's among the finest vocal accompanists anywhere, all the more fortuitous as on this gig he's working with one of the finest vocalists anywhere. Martin's way with a lyric is nothing less than masterly, her phrasing ranging from tight and in-the-pocket to capriciously loose and her tone – something of a signature – crossing the spectrum from a husky-echo of the great 1950s divas to a soul-stirring contemporary edge which reveals the eclectic tastes that lie beneath all the classicism. Unmissable.

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Sunday October 7, 12:30pm

  • > Clare Martin - Vocals
  • > Dave Newton - Piano
Tickets
£10.00 regular
£8.00 members
£8.00 students