Success at the British Jazz Awards 2009!

Claire Martin has won Best Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards 2009! The awards have always celebrated the best in British jazz and this year is no exception. The calibre of the musicians shortlisted indicates the excellence present in jazz in Britain today. Claire's victory in the Vocal category is a true triumph - also nominated were the outstanding vocalists Val Wiseman, Norma Winstone, Liane Carroll and Clare Teal. 

The awards were ultimately decided by public vote - magazine readers, gig goers, radio listeners and musicians all contributed. Claire said "I am thrilled to receive this award and honoured to be listed in the same group as Norma Winstone and Liane Carroll who are my favourite singers! Having your hard work acknowledged is always a bonus.  Thank you to all who voted for me, I'm very grateful."

Britain's leading female jazz singer, Claire Martin, released her new album, ‘A Modern Art', earlier this year to glowing reviews. The Scotsman said "she is still a cut about the competition" whilst Time Out called it "her finest album to date". Praise indeed for, as the Sunday Times called her, "the most gifted jazz singer this country has produced in 20 years".