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 A Midsummer’s Jazz Night

Wednesday 21st June

Claire Martin OBE  & Ray Gelato

‘A Swingin’ Affair’


Join internationally renowned vocalist and BBC Radio presenter, Claire Martin OBE, and legendary saxophonist and singer, Ray Gelato, for their new show together: ‘A Swingin’ Affair’.

Celebrating the release of their album ‘We’ve Got a World That Swings’ – which was described by The Observer as “Jazz Artistry” –  these much celebrated and respected Artists take to the stage to explore Great American Songbook.

Alongside a world-class trio of musicians, Claire and Ray revisit classics such as  ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off’, ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’, ‘They all Laughed’ and ‘Can’t We Be Friends’.

If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging – this is the show for you.  A swingin’ affair indeed


As before, the evening consists of 2 course dinner from our new a la carte menu followed by a 2 set performance in the Wytham Village Hall.

Tickets are now on sale.  Previous guests will know that this will be a very popular and intimate evening, and with just 100 dinner & performance tickets available, we urge you to book now!

Some performance only tickets are now available.

In the first instance please email Baz at markb@mindthe-gap.co.uk

Thank you

Claire Martin OBE:

“Our finest jazz singer”

The Sunday Times


“She ranks amongst the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet”

Jazz Times USA

“A consummate jazz singer with old-school virtues … she wins plaudits everywhere she works”

The Guardian

Ray Gelato:


“Not for nothing is Gelato known as ‘The Godfather of Swing’”

The Telegraph

“Gelato’s dapper mixture of swing and Louis Prima jumping jive remains as invigorating as ever”

The Times


The Observer Album Review (Sun 22 May 2016)

**** 4-Stars


Claire Martin & Ray Gelato: We’ve Got a World That Swings review – jazz artistry


Claire Martin can grasp the essence of any jazz-oriented style that appeals to her and make herself instantly at home in it. This time it’s the irresistible mixture of swing, jump-and-jive and sheer bonhomie purveyed by Britain’s “Godfather of Swing”, singer and saxophonist Ray Gelato. It’s a great combination, with far more jazz artistry involved than you might at first expect. Take, for instance, the easy relaxation in the vocal exchanges between the two of them, the supple lightness of the rhythm section, especially pianist David Newton and drummer Sebastian de Krom. My own favourite track is a gorgeous version of the ballad More Than You Know by Ms Martin, but it’s all hugely entertaining and beautifully performed.


Link:  https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/22/claire-martin-and-ray-gelato-weve-got-a-world-that-swings-review-more-than-you-know

Read more about Claire Martin here http://www.clairemartinjazz.co.uk/




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