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In this session, singer and violinist Claire Roberts ventures into the bebop vocal style of one of her biggest inspirations, Carmen McRae.

Originally from Carmarthen Claire Victoria Roberts was first introduced to the sounds of jazz by her father, a gypsy jazz violinist. She went on to study classical music and composition at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music and at Bangor University, and remains resident in Manchester.

Roberts is a highly versatile musician who was written for classical ensembles large and small, and also for dance and theatre.  She has also worked with Manchester based pianist, composer and improviser Adam Fairhall as part of his “The Imaginary Delta Project”.

A major part of her musical career is as fiddle player, pianist and joint lead vocalist with the busy and popular Manchester based Texas Swing ensemble The Swing Commanders.

Tickets available from blackmountainjazz.co.uk

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