Captivating jazz vocalist
"In the tradition of all great vocalists, Clairdee infuses her own unique style while always remaining true to the song itself." —Nancy Wilson
"Sassy, solidly assured, crowd-pleasing form. A whole lot of interpretive brilliance." —JazzTimes
Wednesday, July 9
If you haven't yet experienced Clairdee in concert, you're in for a treat. She possesses a beautiful, generous spirit that carries over into her song craft. On stage, she comports herself with effortless grace.
Acclaimed for her inventive artistry and magnetic stage presence, Clairdee's lustrous voice and soulful delivery hearkens back to a time when jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues often blended seamlessly together. Combining scene-stealing charisma with heartfelt humility and a sincere belief in the transformative power of music, Clairdee has honed a repertoire of standards set to state of the art arrangements that are equally smart and entertaining.
It was her finely honed jazz sensibility and old-school attitude about the importance of communicating with audiences that attracted the late legendary manager John Levy to the San Francisco-based singer. For Levy, who worked with many of the music industry’s greatest artists —Shirley Horn, Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson — Clairdee’s gift for putting her own stamp on a song while capturing its essence has broad appeal.
Clairdee is the recipient of many enthusiastic reviews and has recently performed at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and toured extensively throughout Japan and Russia. Highly regarded in the USA, she has appeared at top venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Cruise with her quartet and numerous artists as diverse as Bucky Pizzarelli, Boz Scaggs, Cyrus Chestnut, and clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski, and opening for David Sanborn, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the late, great Etta James.