Canal Street Online Manchester

Claire Martin live at Bridgewater Hall

Claire Martin live at Bridgewater Hall

It is always a pleasure to see the delightful Claire Martin in concert. When I heard she was performing with the BBC big band orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, I made sure I would be in town for the performance.

Ms. Martin was her usual divine self, giving us the chance to hear the superb range of voice that she has. With her sense of humour and talent for bringing the whole show together, we were guaranteed an evening to remember.

The BBC Big Band is a big band of freelance jazz musicians hired on a gig by gig basis. They are the cream of the crop individually, so when they play together in a big band setting we really are getting some collective talent.

Celebrating the Ella Fitzgerald centenary, “the first lady of song” was never going to be easy, but Claire and the ensemble, pulled it off in true style. The house was rocking! The conductor, Barry Fogle, gave a very impressive performance at keeping the band under control in a most entertaining way. An audience of all ages prove that Ella has never lost the magic.

Her amazing songs were bought back to life by everyone on stage but particularly by Claire’s distinctive tone.

The drum solo in the last song, “sing, sing, sing” by the Scottish legend Tom Gordon completely blew me away. Never before have I heard a drummer play so prolonged and so exquisitely.  He literally made the drum combo sing.

A most varied, exciting and enjoyable evening. I personally can’t wait to see Claire Martin perform again, especially if she is backed by such a talented team.

Matthew King for Canal St Online.

Published: 29-Jun-2017

Canal-st.co.uk Top Stories

LGBT community Bee arrives in Sackville Gardens

LGBT community Bee arrives in Sackville Gardens

After months of hard work behind the scenes Queen Bee arrives in Sackville Gardens next week

Donald Trump and the LGBT community

Donald Trump and the LGBT community

Donald Trump: Appears to be no friend of the LGBT community

Barclays offers Superbia support for Manchester Pride

Barclays offers Superbia support for Manchester Pride

Barclays has signed up as headline sponsor for Manchester Pride’s year round calendar of cultural events Superbia

New product Bolaki launches and targets Gay men

New product Bolaki launches and targets Gay men

A brand new intimate wash product for men launches in our region.Bolaki has arrived.