Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter with a rich musical heritage (his father is lyricist and entertainer Richard; his mother the opera singer Annabel Hunt). His live shows are a mixture of virtuosic musicianship and breath-taking theatricality, combining on the spot improvisation and the quickest of wits.
Joe has toured all around the world with his band and as a solo act, having appeared in jazz clubs from New York to Berlin to Kuala Lumpur, including sell-out runs at legendary London venue Ronnie Scott's. He has appeared as featured soloist with orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Lahti Symphony, and the RTE Orchestra in Dublin.
Joe signed to legendary label Candid Records, and released his first album I Like This One in 2008, going on to self-fund his second, We Look to The Stars, in 2012. On the day of release, it went straight to the top of the jazz charts while pulling in rave reviews from the national press and attracting new fans including Tim Minchin, Chris Evans and Sir Michael Parkinson. In 2013, Joe embarked on a project which would complement his love of cinema, Songs on Film, in which he and his remarkable band performed songs written for and inspired by some of the greatest films of the last century. His London Jazz Festival performances of the show were recorded for a live album, released in February 2014. This record, and all of Joe's back catalogue, have since been re-released by the prestigious jazz label Linn Records. His first album with Linn, New Songs for Old Souls, was released to 5-star reviews and plaudits in 2015, being named one of the 'Best Jazz Albums of 2015' by The Telegraph. Joe's recent album, Songs on the Film: The Sequel, followed in August 2016.
In addition to his own material, Joe has written songs for Samantha Barks, Lianne Carroll and Claire Martin, and collaborated with many diverse performers, including conductor John Wilson and comedian Alexander Armstrong. He works extensively on radio, having hosted BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night, as well as his own show on JazzFM, and appeared on The Now Show and The Horne Section for Radio 4. He scored a high-profile role in High Society, the smash-hit musical at The Old Vic, and has enjoyed several sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, garnering further acclaim and another collection of 5-star reviews on every return.
In the past few years, Joe has performed at the Olivier Awards, presented three special Big Band shows at the Lyric Hammersmith and been commissioned to create his very own Celebration of Gene Kelly for the EFG London Jazz Festival. He also went on his first tour of Australia, presented the BBC's Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award on BBC4, and performed for both Prince Charles at St James' Palace and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle.
Also Joe appeared in a special performance of Songs on Film at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, more big band shows including a debut at the world famous Snape Proms, a role in a new BBC drama, hosting another episode of Friday Night is Music Night, plus residencies at Ronnie Scott’s, Crazy Coqs, and continuing his extensive tours of the UK.
Joe is an ambassador for Children And The Arts and a trustee of The Orpheus Centre.
"A songwriter of uncommon originality " ***** The Observer
"A very British Harry Connick Jr" The Sunday Times
"Revealing himself to be a powerful improviser with an instinctive gift for melody" The Times
"Sheer joy" ***** The Scotsman
"More talent than you can shake a walking stick at" David Finkle, Back Stage, New York
"Dapper, handsome and quick witted... and gifted with dazzling digits" **** The Times
After signing to independent label Candid in 2001 and releasing 3 acclaimed titles, it was Clare’s first album for Sony Jazz which became her breakthrough record. Released in 2004, ‘Don’t Talk’ topped the Jazz charts and entered the UK Top 20, garnering extraordinary plaudits and several awards. She has gone on to release 8 more successful albums, 6 of them on her own label MUD Records.
Clare continues to surge ahead on her mission to bring big band and swing to music lovers everywhere, to demonstrate that this genre is ever evolving and still relevant in today’s world. Alongside her own weekly 2 hour radio show on BBC Radio 2, Clare performs across the length and breadth of the UK, and internationally, with either her Pianist, Trio, Mini Big Band or Hollywood Orchestra (Mini Big Band with Strings), celebrating the singers and songwriters of yesteryear and today alongside her own original material.
She also guests with the Hallé, BBC Concert, RTÉ Concert and The John Wilson orchestras as well as other top big bands. Clare appears with the Gordon Campbell Big Band on Sunday 2nd April 2017, alongside vocalist Matthew Ford.
In August 2015, in addition to a packed touring schedule, Clare produced and presented her 2nd full scale concert for the Proms Season at the Royal Albert Hall. ‘Story of Swing’ featured two roaring big bands and many special guests it was broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and televised on BBC Four.
Spring 2016 saw the release of her new album, and most ambitious project to date, Twelve O’Clock Tales recorded with the famed Halle Orchestra.
Other highlights of Clare’s live work include collaborating with Sir Van Morrison on his album ‘Duets: Reworking the Catalogue’ resulting in the A listed Radio single ‘Carrying A Torch’, opening twice for Liza Minnelli at Kenwood House and the Royal Festival Hall, singing with the BBC Big Band at Proms in the Park, headlining the Bourbon Street Tent at Glastonbury Festival, performing regularly at the world renowned Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, storming the Marlborough Jazz Festival and producing, presenting and performing ‘Battle of the Bands Duke Ellington v Count Basie’ for the 2014 Proms Season at the Royal Albert Hall.
Clare won British Jazz Singer of the year in 2005, 2007 and 2015, and BBC Jazz Singer of the Year in 2006. She was awarded Arts & Entertainment Personality of the Year in 2004 & 2011 Yorkshire Awards, a coveted Gold Badge by BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) in 2011 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Wolverhampton in 2015.
‘We love her’ Ken Bruce
‘She’s a triple treat’ Michael Bublé
‘A sensation in the world of jazz’ Mail on Sunday
Visit Clare’s website on www.clareteal.co.uk
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