'The album has a vitality essential to jazz, thanks in no small part to an immaculate backing band who sound as though they had as good a time as Martin making this fine album.' The Observer
'The city is hers. If Joshua had his trumpet then Claire Martin has her voice.' Audio Quarterly
In 1996 Claire Martin returned to New York to record Make This City Ours following enthusiastic reviews for her US debut.
Classic songs from the Golden Age of the Great American Songbook sit easily aside contemporary songs, including a Claire Martin original, 'Empty Bed' and Suzanne Cloud's 'Collagen Lips', a wry glance at the cult of the body beautiful. Claire handles this imaginative choice of material with ease and conviction; the New York Observer described the album as 'a meticulous blend of brilliant material and flawless craftsmanship'.
Claire is accompanied by an exceptional trans-Atlantic quintet: British pianist Gareth Williams and trumpeter Gerard Presencer play alongside American saxophonist Antonio Hart, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.
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02 July 2016
02 July 2016St Judes Church
, Central Square, London NW11 7AH England United Kingdom
Claire Martin with Joe Stilgoe - Proms at St. Jude’s
03 July 2016
03 July 2016Love Supreme Festival Main Stage 12.30pm
, Glynde East Sussex England United Kingdom
Claire Martin with the ‘Vox’ choir from Lewes Old Grammar School PLUS Claire Martin and Ray Gelato
14 July 2016
14 July 2016Kings Theatre
, Albert Road, Southsea PO5 2QJ England United Kingdom
Claire Martin with the Ronnie Scott All Stars
22 July 2016
22 July 2016King’s Lynn Festival
, King's Lynn England United Kingdom
Claire Martin and Ray Gelato
14 August 2016
14 August 2016Snape Maltings as part of the Aldeburgh Festival
, Snape Maltings Aldeburgh England United Kingdom
Claire Martin and Ray Gelato ‘A Swingin’ Affair’
23 August 2016
25 August 2016Pizza Express Jazz Club
, Dean Street Soho London England United Kingdom
Claire Martin swings with the Dave Newton Trio
18 December 2016
18 December 2016The Sage
'Let It Snow' with the Royal Northern Sinfonia