Tickets available now at
Clwyd Theatr Cymru on
01352 701521, or at
MOLD CH7 1YA
Clwyd Room, Clwyd Theatre Cymru
Admission £12, Concessions £10, Schoolchildren £5
Further info: 01745 812260
Dydd Mawrth 14 Mehefin / Tuesday 14 June
"Berlin - Paris - Broadway: A Journey In Jazz"
A gifted lyricist, consummate vocalist and sparkling entertainer, TINA MAY's astonishing vocal
ability and hypnotic stage presence have won her worldwide acclaim.
With jazz roots in Paris where she lived as a student, Gloucester-born Tina May soon found
herself performing frequently across the city with local musicians, including the legendary
jazz drummer, Kenny Clarke, as well as singing and acting alongside UK satirist
Rory Bremner in the comedy review show, “You Are Eiffel But I Like You (!)”,
which they took from Paris to the Edinburgh Fringe, re-naming it 'Midnight Excess'.
Choosing London as her base, Tina began by acting and performing workshops for a
French-speaking theatre company by day and gigging by night. Throughout the 1990s she
recorded 33 albums, many with her regular quartet which, at the time, included
David Newton, Dave Green and Clark Tracey, and in 1993 she made her debut performance,
the first of many, at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
A winner of numerous awards including the vocal category at the 1998 BT Jazz Awards, Tina
has also received an award in the United States for “Outstanding Services to Jazz Education”.
During the summer of 2002 she presented a series of twelve programmes from the Brecon
Jazz Festival for BBC Wales TV and in 2003 she recorded her album “I'll take Romance”,
with Nikki Iles on piano which, with their version of “Come Fly With Me”, went on to
provided the theme tune to ITVs long-running show, “Airline”.
Some notable collaborations include performing in the UK with both Cleo Laine and
John Dankworth, and recording with US piano great Ray Bryant at the renowned
Rudy Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey . More recently, Tina has just returned from a tour of
the far east, with performances in Hong Kong and at the Singapore International Jazz festival.
A singer with an affinity for France, one of Tina's major influences is the great Edith Piaf, and
in 2010 she recorded her CD, “Tina May sings Piaf – Celebrating a Legend”. That same year
she took the show on the road, performing to a great house at the Liverpool Philharmonic
Hall and bringing to life the music of France’s most beloved entertainer.
In a similar vein, for this evening's concert audiences can expect a personal take on the songs
of iconic composers and the great divas like Edith Piaf, and many more, who performed
them, celebrating the rich musical link between Berlin, Paris and Broadway.
Completing the quartet, pianist NIKKI ILES has been described in the Guardian as “one of
the most refreshing and promising figures to have emerged in the UK in recent times”. On
double bass, DAVE GREEN continues to be one the most respected musicians both in this
country and internationally, touring extensively with Scott Hamilton, the Charlie Watts
Quintet and with his own bands, while the equally illustrious STEVE BROWN (drums) has
won a British Jazz Award no less than six times!