Clare was born in Cumbria and studied piano and clarinet until managing to get hold of a saxophone. She moved to York and then to Leeds before eventually making it to London where a successful career in pop music ensued. Having played live and on recordings with artists such as David Bowie, The Communards,Mica Paris, The Bellestars and Maxi Priest, she spent some time working with Mervyn Africa before embarking on a solo career based around her Quartet. Since then she has played with many of the country’s finest jazz musicians including Tony Kofi, Art Themen, David Newton, Alan Barnes, ClareTeal, Mark Nightingale, Byron Wallen, Don Weller, Claude Deppa, Jim Mullen and Dick Pearce. She has performed concerts in USA, Japan, Hong Kong and extensively in Europe including many TV performances. Her performance with David Bowie on Live-Aid can be seen on the Live-Aid DVD. Her experience with such a diverse mixture of musical styles ranging from salsa to reggae to funk and African music, along with a heavy influence from jazz players such as Sonny Rollins and Chick Corea, has created a unique style. The Clare Hirst Quartet has performed at many festivals, clubs and arts centres throughout the country. She currently has three CD’s out; the first entitled “Tough and Tender” called “Summer Song” and the third CD “Touchy”.
All available from www.clarehirst.co.uk
Mon 19th Oct
David Shepherd – Tribute from Jazz Steps
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