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Tina May

Considered one of the finest jazz vocalists the UK has ever produced, Tina May has been recognised for her vocal art on more than one occasion. She was selected Number One Vocalist and the Critic’s Choice at 1998 BT Jazz Awards and was voted Critic’s Number One for the 1995 British Jazz Vocalist Award. She also was the recipient of London’s Outstanding Young Musician Award in 1993.

Influenced at an early age by her parents collection of Duke Ellington and Fats Waller records, she has emerged as a singer who is at ease with both traditional pop and standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as with songs produced by contemporary composers. In the early 80s  May moved to Paris, performing as a ‘chanteuse’ at various jazz clubs in the city. She regularly sang with Roger Guerin Big Band, Dany Doriz and Kenny Clark amongst other Parisian jazz stars. It was then that she pretty much concentrated on a jazz career, and later formed her first London based jazz quartet in 1989.  May has a prolific recording career, releasing at least a dozen albums on the UK record label 33Jazz. She recorded at the legendary Rudy Van Gelder studio with Ray Bryant with her own lyrics to his iconic tunes like ‘ Little Susie’ , Cuban Fantasy, Tonk and Cubano Chant. On the Linn label she recorded with the great West Coast tenor man Scott Hamilton . More recently she has recorded with the Hep label – two releases ‘Divas’ and ‘My Kinda Love’

To great critical acclaim internationally.

She has been featured soloist at many international jazz festivals around the globe including performances of the Duke Ellington Sacred Concert. She has shared the stage and sang with Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Ray Bryant, Nikki Iles, David Newton ... May leads her Paris Quintet, sings with the BBC Big Band and tours the world with her music.

She is very happy to be coming back to Shanghai !