Claire Martin - JAZZ FM Classic Album Series Present The Album 'Here's to Life' by Shirley Horn

Tuesday 20th September 2022

Tickets: £25.00 Seat at a shared Table for 4 /£20.00 Seat – No Table

Doors: 7.30pm

Show: 8.00pm-10.00pm

Jazz FM’s Classic Album Playback series in partnership with the Hampstead Jazz Club.

CLAIRE MARTIN recreates songs from the classic album ‘Here’s to Life‘ by Shirley Horn (1992).

This evening will form two episodes of Jazz FM’s Classic Album playback series, that will broadcast on the station throughout October and in early November on Sunday nights at 9pm.

Hosted by jazz legend Ian Shaw, each week the programme concentrates on a pivotal classic jazz album that has stood the test of time. Recorded in front of a discerning audience at the Hampstead Jazz Club, a panel led by music journalist Jonathan Wingate will play tracks from the album and discuss their opinions on why the album as a collection of tracks worked to create the classic work we know of today. This will add a layer of knowledge and understanding that will feed the inquisitive mind of the audience.

Following the playback, Claire will re-create a number of tracks from the classic album, performing a mini-set, which you can hear as part of the broadcast.


Claire Martin OBE became a professional singer at 19 and two years later realised her dream of singing at Ronnie Scott’s legendary jazz club in London Soho. Signed to the prestigious Glasgow based Linn Records in 1990, Claire has since released 22 CDs with the label, collaborating with musical luminaries including Martin TaylorJohn MartynStephane GrappelliKenny BarronRichard Rodney Bennett and Jim Mullen on many of these recordings.

Claire has performed worldwide with her trio and, until his death in 2012, worked extensively with the celebrated composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in a cabaret duo setting both in England and the US where they played to sell-out houses at venues including the prestigious Algonquin Hotel in New York City.

Claire appears as a featured soloist with the Halle Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Claire co-presented BBC Radio 3’s flagship jazz program ‘Jazz Line Up’ from 2000 to 2017 and interviewed many of her musical heroes such as Pat Metheny and the late Michael Brecker.

Her 2009 CD ‘A Modern Art’ prompted Jazz Times USA to claim: “She ranks among the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet”.  

In 2022 Claire will record with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Scott Dunn to celebrate the music of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.  The Times cites Claire as “Our finest jazz vocalist”.


Vocals – Claire Martin

Piano – Rob Barron

Please note, The Club is not licensed to allow access to Children under the age of 16 after 9pm, so for evening performances, please do not book tickets for children under the age of 16. Children aged 16 and above are welcome at any time.

For £25.00 Tickets:

Seats are not numbered and you will be seated at available tables. Please note tables seat 4 people, so for bookings of less than 4 people, you will be seated and share a table for 4.

For £20.00 Tickets:

This is a fully seated event.  Seats are not numbered and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Please NOTE, there is NO food served in the Jazz Club, there is a bar for drinks. We advise booking a table for dinner at the Duke of Hamilton upstairs at least 1hr before show-time – Book Here 

Please note the Jazz Club is situated in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton Pub and access is via a number of stairs. The nearest toilets are situated on the 1st floor of the Pub.


Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm

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