Born: September 6, 1967 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Described by the New York Observer as talented and hip beyond her years and acclaimed as the best ever British jazz singer in a recent issue of America’s leading jazz publication Jazz Times, Claire Martin was born to sing.
Growing up in a house full of music in Wimbledon, South London, she’d learned all of Judy Garland’s songs by the time she was 12. But it was hearing Ella Fitzgerald’s legendary “Song Books” that changed her life inspiring her to go to Stage School and then to study singing in London and New York. A further seminal moment came at 18 when she saw the great improvising singer Betty Carter at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. It confirmed what she already felt - she had to be a jazz singer. Like many singers Martin paid her dues and learnt her craft by embarking on the QE2, singing onboard in the Theatre Bar for two years....