Tina May International Vocal Course, Tuscany 2015
Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy, 22–25 May 2015
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Considered as one of the finest jazz vocalists the U.K. has ever produced, Tina May has been recognized for her vocal art on more than one occasion. She was selected Number One Vocalist and the Critic's Choice at the 1998 BT Jazz Awards and was voted Critic's Number One choice for the 1995 British Jazz Vocalist Award. She also was the recipient of London's Outstanding Young Musician Award in 1993.
During the early '80s, May headed her own Back Door Theatre Company, producing such shows as Lady Chatterley's Lover. In the late '80s, she moved on to establish herself in Paris, performing as a chanteuse at various clubs in the City of Light. May has a very abundant recording career, releasing ten albums under her own name. She has been featured soloist at important jazz events and venues including the Duke Ellington Sacred Music, in London, Paris and Ireland. She has played and/or recorded with many greats including Stan Tracey, Marian McPartland, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth Humphrey Littleton Ray Bryant and many more. May continues to appear frequently on BBC radio and TV either as guest performer or as a leader of her own group.
She leads a number of small groups including her main quartet in the UK, the Paris Quintet, a duo with Nikki Iles and the Tokio Trio with Karen Sharpe and Nikki Iles, and has co-created two successful touring shows 'Piaf' Celebrating a Legend' and 'Musica Pardiso' An accomplished lyricist adding words to bop standards such as Cannonball Adderley's "Havin' Fun" and Bobby Watson’s “Time Will Tell” she also produces original jazz material. She is a soprano with a three-octave range which she employs with ease, flexibility and imagination to interpret both traditional standards and newer material, Tina May occupies a strong position as a premiere jazz vocalist.
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