Oregon Festival of American Music 2015
Creole Love Call
Clairdee
It might seem strange to describe a singer as hip as Clairdee as a throwback, but she’s an artist who embodies creative values that have largely gone out of style. With her lustrous voice and soulful delivery, she hearkens back to a time when jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues often blended seamlessly together. Combining scene-stealing charisma with heartfelt humility and a sincere belief in the transformative power of music, Clairdee has honed a repertoire of standards set to state of the art arrangements that are equally smart and entertaining.

"I am a jazz inspired storyteller," Clairdee says. "I choose songs that have some relevance to my life experiences and to human vulnerabilities. I want the music I sing to stir emotions, to make a connection, to be accessible." It was her finely honed jazz sensibility and old-school attitude about the importance of communicating with audiences that attracted legendary manager John Levy to the San Francisco-based singer. For Levy, who has worked with many of jazz’s greatest artists, Clairdee’s gift for putting her own stamp on a song while capturing its essence has broad appeal.

Clairdee's stylistically encompassing approach is beautifully documented on her latest CD, “Music Moves" which was recorded live at Yoshi’s. The album captures her soulinfused sound with a version of “Summertime” inspired by her love of Donny Hathaway and Al Green. Her knack for pairing songs that enhance each other is perfectly embodied in a mash up of the Joe Williams/Count Basie hit, “All Right, Okay, You Win,” with the lean instrumental funk of Les McCann and Eddie Harris’s, “Cold Duck Time.” It’s a fascinating counterpoint to her previous release, “Destination Moon” a luminous collection of beloved standards, such as “Star Eyes,” “I’ve Got the World On A String” and “Time After Time,” which she delivers with casual intimacy, turning each piece into an incisive emotional journey.

Part of what makes Clairdee so distinctive is that she’s also closely studied male masters like Johnny Hartman, Joe Williams, Billy Eckstine and Nat “King” Cole. Though she draws on those influences, Clairdee stresses that she is not interested in impersonating or imitating other artists. “Listening to a lot of different vocalists and instrumentalists in various styles of music has helped me hone my craft. But learning about who I am outside the music has been just as important, and has helped me find my voice within the music.”

Clairdee Links
 Artist website
2008
Mar 7Jazz Party 2008Friday Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 8Jazz Party 2008Saturday Afternoon SessionJaqua
Mar 8Jazz Party 2008Saturday Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 9Jazz Party 2008Sunday Brunch SessionJaqua
Mar 9Jazz Party 2008Sunday Afternoon SessionJaqua
Jul 30OFAM 2008Cotton Club StompSilva
Jul 31OFAM 2008Swing That MusicJaqua
Aug 1OFAM 2008Sunny Side of the StreetJaqua
2009
Mar 6Jazz Party 2009Day 1 Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 7Jazz Party 2009Day 2 Afternoon SessionJaqua
Mar 7Jazz Party 2009Day 2 Evening SessionJaqua
Mar 8Jazz Party 2009Day 3 Brunch SessionJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2009Ol' Man RiverJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2009SummertimeJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2009Billie's BluesJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2009From Spirituals To SwingSilva
2010
Jul 28OFAM 2010Swingin' The DreamJaqua
Jul 30OFAM 2010The Rain In SpainJaqua
Jul 31OFAM 2010Such Sweet ThunderJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2010When You Wish Upon A StarJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2010SomewhereJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2010I Could Write A BookSilva
2011
Aug 4OFAM 2011SkylarkJaqua
Aug 4OFAM 2011Let's Do ItJaqua
Aug 5OFAM 2011Mood IndigoJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2011Stormy WeatherJaqua
2012
Aug 9OFAM 2012Let's MisbehaveJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2012Bricktop'sJaqua
Aug 10OFAM 2012NuagesJaqua
Aug 11OFAM 2012Treat It GentleJaqua
2013
Aug 7OFAM 2013SmileJaqua
Aug 8OFAM 2013Body And SoulJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2013I Love To SingaJaqua
2014
Aug 6OFAM 2014Blues In The NightJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2014Pete Kelly's BluesJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2014To Have And Have NotJaqua
Aug 9OFAM 2014One For My BabyJaqua
2015
Aug 13OFAM 2015Careless LoveJaqua
Aug 14OFAM 2015Honeysuckle RoseJaqua
Aug 14OFAM 2015Creole Love CallJaqua
Aug 15OFAM 2015Potato Head BluesJaqua
Clairdee participates In these OFAM 2015 events:
Thursday Aug 13
8:00 pmCareless Love
Friday Aug 14
1:30 pmHoneysuckle Rose
7:00 pmCreole Love Call
Saturday Aug 15
8:00 pmPotato Head Blues

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