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Tina May

Tina May

One of Britain’s most popular vocalists who handles an excellent selection of material with aplomb, seductive phrasing and wide vocal range.



I'll Take Romance
I'll Take Romance
A leading jazz singer collaborates with Scott Hamilton. 

AKD 202  

Tina May began exploring and developing her jazz sensibilities at University College, Cardiff where she inevitably teamed up with other musicians. She joined the Welsh Jazz Society and was soon a regular at The Lions Den in the Great Western Hotel in Cardiff listening to Sweets Edison, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davies and Al Cohn among others. As a student of French, Tina knew she would have the opportunity of living in France for a year as part of her degree course.

She chose to study in Paris and began her apprenticeship in Jazz when she met up with Pascal Gaubert and Patrick Villanueva, who invited her to have a jam with them. These musicians recorded with Tina on a “Live in Paris” album nearly twenty years later. Very soon Tina was performing venues across Paris. In particular, Le Caveau de la Huchette and Le Slow Club became regular gigs.

Tina loved to collaborate with her first real musical soulmate, Dylan Fowler, guitarist and composer from south Wales. Together they played in quartet, quintet and then nonet - which became Frevo - the band led by Dylan with brazilian rhythms but original compositions - and lyrics by Tina. This band performed at Bath Festival (where Tina was invited to sing by Egberto Gismonti's trio), Edinburgh Jazz Festival and Cork as well as touring the UK .

Tina decided it was time to move to London to further her musical aspirations. At first she was acting in a French-speaking theatre company. Life became action-packed for Tina and she would be doing performances and workshops by day and gigging by night. Early musical friends were Robin Aspland, Johnny Gee, Mornington Locket, Mick Hutton, Don Weller and many others who frequented the legendary 606 Club in Fulham. Tina would also listen to her heroes at Ronnie Scotts Club - Art Blakey, Cedar Walton, Irakere, Flora Purim and many others. Soon Tina went freelance, singing jazz for a living.

Throughout the 1990s, Tina recorded for 33 Records and continued teaching and performing. Regular members of her quartet at this time included David Newton (piano), Dave Green (doublebass), Clark Tracey (drums) and Don Weller (tenor saxophone). In addition she became a soloist in The Ellington Sacred Concert with the Stan Tracey Big Band - which had within it such stellar players as Peter King, Guy Barker, Jamie Talbot and Art Themen. It was around this time that, in 1993, Tina made her debut performances at Ronnie Scot’s Jazz Club in Soho, London.

She then began working with pianist Niki Iles and her trio. Their first duo album “Change of Sky” saw them perform some unusual material by artists like Donald Fagan and Phil Springer.Today, Tina, Nikki and the quartet continue to tour, teach and masterclass their way up and down the country. Both have a firm commitment to teaching and enabling young and old to get more involved in the making of jazz music.

Tina remains a regular performer at the top jazz and arts festivals as well as in broadcasts with the BBC Big Band. She has toured extensively across Europe and the Far East. In addition, she has received numerous awards including a silver medal by The Worshipful Company of Musicians. In 1998 Tina was presented with the vocal jazz award at the BT Jazz Awards having topped the critics choice for several years prior to that. In addition, she has received an award Stateside for “Outstanding Services to Jazz Education.

During 2000, one event was of special significance – a performance at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. This was a real celebration across generations starring Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Mark Nightingale and Jim Watson. All past Worshipful Company of Musician medal winners performed - on a glorious summer night. During the summer of 2002 Tina presented a series of twelve programmes on BBC Wales TV, featuring performances from the 2001 Brecon Festival.

In 2003, Tina recorded an album with Linn Records, “I'll Take Romance” (Linn AKD 202) featuring Scott Hamilton and Nikki Iles. It includes "I Do it for Your Love", "I’ve Got a Crush on You" and a version of "Come Fly With Me" which became widely known as the theme music for television series “Airport”. Tina has also been involved in theatre and comedy review. She met up with talented thespian Rory Bremner who was already writing sketches and performing his hilarious monologues and skits on politics. Together Tina and Rory performed “You Are Eiffel but I Like You” - a review show which they took from Paris to the Edinburgh Fringe re-naming it “Midnight Excess”.


For further information - www.tinamay.com
Management - World wide representation (non UK) : BPR Music
mailto: BPRMusic@compuserve.com
website : bprmusic

Management and representation :
John Boddy, 10 Southfield Gardens. Twickenham. England. TW1 4SZ
email: John@johnboddyagency.co.

Linn artists listed in 1001 Best Albums
15 December 2010
in the latest ‘Penguin Guide to Jazz’
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Jazzwise
this is her best album to date
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Daily Telegraph
Tina May turns in a version of Come Fly With Me that is peppy and stylish
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Scotland on Sunday
‘Tonight I Shall Sleep', is the stand-out ballad
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The Scotsman
a thoroughly classy affair, both in performance and production
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The Observer
Jazz CD of the Week - her best album so far
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09 July 2015 to 09 July 2015
England
Bures Festival - Bures Church, Bures England United Kingdom
with Roger Odell

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015
England
Wavedon Garden Festival, Wavedon England United Kingdom
with Duncan Lamont Songbook.

30 July 2015 to 30 July 2015
England
TBC, Bideford Devon England United Kingdom
with Digby's Half Dozen

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015
England, London
Ealing Jazz Festival, Ealing London England United Kingdom
Divas band with Frank Griffith and guests.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015
England
Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead England United Kingdom
Divas band with Frank Griffith and guests.

07 August 2015 to 07 August 2015
England
Lake District Summer Music Festival, Kendal England United Kingdom
Zeffirelli's 'Piaf' Celebrating a Legend.

18 August 2015 to 18 August 2015
England
Music Festival, Burton Bradstock Somerset England United Kingdom
with David Gordon trio plus Karen Sharp

23 August 2015 to 23 August 2015
Europe
St Quentin Festival, France Europe
with Dany Doriz Swing Band.

03 September 2015
Scotland
Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Scotland United kingdom
Scottish Tour with Tina May & Nikki Iles

13 September 2015 to 13 September 2015
Scotland
Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld Scotland United Kingdom
Scottish Tour with Tina May & Nikki Iles

14 September 2015 to 14 September 2015
Scotland
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Scotland United Kingdom
Scottish Tour with Tina May & Nikki Iles

16 September 2015 to 16 September 2015
Scotland
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline Scotland United Kingdom
Scottish Tour with Tina May & Nikki Iles

17 September 2015 to 17 September 2015
Scotland
Nairn Community & Arts Centre, Nairn Scotland United Kingdom
Scottish Tour with Tina May & Nikki Iles

18 September 2015 to 18 September 2015
Scotland
Lythe Artes Centre, Lythe Scotland United Kingdom
Scottish Tour with Tina May & Nikki Iles

19 September 2015 to 19 September 2015
Scotland
Hospitalfield House, Arbroath Scotland United Kingdom
Scottish Tour with Tina May & Nikki Iles

17 October 2015 to 17 October 2015
England
Grimsby Festival, Grimsby England United Kingdom
'Piaf' Celebrating a Legend.

21 October 2015 to 21 October 2015
England
Market Theatre, Hitchin England United Kingdom
'Piaf' Celebrating a Legend.

31 October 2015 to 31 October 2015
Wales
Queens Hall, Narberth Wales United Kingdom
'Piaf' Celebrating a Legend.