The Claire Phoenix Band The Claire Phoenix Band
Chic music to enhance your occasion

The Claire Phoenix Band

The Claire Phoenix Band is a 5 piece chic and professional music group playing jazz, soul, swing, Latin and retro pop. Claire Phoenix is jazz vocalist winner of the PureSolo competition in association with Jazz FM Radio (judges included Snake Davis and Sebastian Scotney - London Jazz Blog editor) and has played with international multi-award winning funk trombonist Dennis Rollins, bass player Brad Lang and keys player Ray Pool.

The band's clients include The Lady Grade vice-president of the Alexandra Rose Charities, The National Trust, Dell Computers, PC World as well as the Mayors of both Godalming and Farnham in Surrey. Venues played at include The Reform Club - Pall Mall, Hampton Court Palace, Danesfield House, Marlow, The Hilton Group, Farnham Castle and the Guardian Hay Festival to name a few. Music ranges from beautiful jazz standards to dance rhythms which appeal to the young, the not so young and those in their second youth!

The Claire Phoenix Band perform regularly at private functions including weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, balls, fundraising events, corporate events and dinner dances. Their first set comprises beautiful and melodic tunes to start an event whilst the second set will bring people to the dance floor. The band provide a friendly and professional service committed to providing the musical entertainment appropriate for you, your guests and your event. The band are available for bookings in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and welcome enquiries from further afield.


"So sorry I haven't written sooner, but I just wanted to say thank you so much for your wonderful performance at our ball on the jubilee weekend. The band was such a hit with all 300 guests (as evident by the heaving dancefloor) and people are still talking about what a great night they had and how much they enjoyed your music and singing. And it was so lovely to see so many ages take to the dance floor.

We managed to get a little mention about all our jubilee efforts in the Farnham herald this week (p. 13) and gave your band a mention too. Let me know if you are unable to get a copy and would like to see it. I can always pop one in the post to you.

Thanks, chloe."

Organizer of the "Wellies and Tiaras" Jubilee Ball, Crondall

Claire Phoenix. Claire (BA Hons. Mod. Langs.), singer-songwriter and daughter of professional musicians, has three years vocal training and a wealth of experience singing and performing. As well as leading her eponymous and successful band Claire is constantly in demand as guest vocalist for jazz ensembles; performing as a solo artist or as part of a duo.

Claire has worked with the multi-award winning trombonist Dennis Rollins, bass player Brad Lang and pianist Ray Pool.

Winner of the 2010 Jazz Vocalist competition PureSolo in association with Jazz FM Claire has played at venues such as The Guardian Hay Festival, Hampton Court Palace, The Princes Hall, and The Reform Club (Pall Mall). Claire's voice has been likened to Eva Cassidy, Karen Carpenter and Julie London for its warmth, richness and sassiness. She takes each song into her heart and makes it truly her own.

Claire is due to start an MA in Jazz Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in September '14.

Simon Sparatley. Simon is an in-demand musician also gigging with The Nashville Teens, The Ian Campbell Band and Cheques In The Post as well as The Claire Phoenix Band.

As Claire says "Simon displays flashes of genius at unpredictable moments" and he's guarateed to make you smile with both his playing and his playfulness.

"Highly qualified proponent of keyboard sounds. Mr dry as a Bone" as his friends are apt to relate.

Ian Tompson. Ian has played in bands in Cuba, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Early influences include Gospel, Jazz and Blues. He has had twenty years experience of playing with various jazz, blues and fusion bands in the London-Reading area; including regular gigs with Little Wonder at The Jazz Cafe and Metzos. He also plays with King Mob, Revolution, and Don't Look Now.

Ian leads his own jazz-funk band Shine well known on the Isle of Wight for playing various venues including The Jazz Festival. Other events include playing and recording with Redshift as a house band at Fatcats restaurant Yarmouth, and with The Sugarkings headed by Ric Harris of Aswad.

Ian is a welcome additon to the line up in recent times adding much to the depth and variety of the band's shows. His playing is measured, yet sublime, warm and emotive. Catch him in his element and he will match Claire note for note in a duel of musical dexterity when the mood for improvisation is in the air.

Steve Grattan. Steve has been playing bass for many years and also plays guitar as well as writing and performing his own compositions in local venues as a solo artist. Having concentrated on instrumental composition and recording techniques until joining the band Steve also takes on the role of arranger and technician of the band.

As well as accompanying Claire on acoustic guitar when a duo is required Steve is working on his own band project. His fretless bass delivers a distinctive sound providing, in turn, the smooth moods, a funky cool and jumping beats.

Tom Vincent. Tom is highly respected in the music business as a busy session drummer as well as being a member of The Claire Phoenix Band.

Tom has played with Dame Shirley Bassey amongst others, made several appearances at The Albert Hall as a member of orchestras and big bands alike and currently works with the highly entertaining 6-piece band The Mushrooms on a regular basis. Tom also teaches drums of all kinds including standard drum kit, congas, cajon as well as various percussion instruments.

Play/Pause Ain't No Sunshine ‡
Stopped All Of Me
Stopped Alright, OK, You Win
Stopped At Last
Play/Pause Autumn Leaves †
Stopped Big Yellow Taxi
Play/Pause Blue Skies ±
Stopped Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Stopped Cuba
Stopped Dance the Night Away
Stopped Dancing In The Street ‡
Stopped Diamonds Are Forever
Stopped Feeling Good ‡
Stopped Fever ±
Play/Pause Fly Me To The Moon *
Stopped I Get A Kick Out Of You
Stopped It Don't Mean A Thing
Stopped It Had To Be You
Stopped It's Too Late Baby †
Stopped I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free ‡
Stopped I've Got You Under My Skin †
Play/Pause I Would Rather Go Blind *
Stopped Jackie Wilson Said ‡
Stopped Jammin'

* Studio recordings
^ Written by Claire Phoenix © 2009
+ Written by Claire Phoenix & John Bromley © 2008
± Recorded live at Alexander Rose, 3rd Nov 2011
Stopped Just The Two Of Us
Stopped Killing Me Softly
Stopped Knocking On Heaven's Door
Play/Pause La Bamba *
Stopped Lady Marmalade
Play/Pause Lambada †
Stopped Like A Star
Play/Pause Mack The Knife †
Play/Pause Mas Que Nada #
Stopped Mercy
Play/Pause Moondance *
Play/Pause My Baby Just Cares For Me ‡
Stopped Nobody Does It Better ‡
Stopped Spooky
Play/Pause Sway †
Stopped Sweet About Me
Play/Pause Summertime ±
Stopped The Girl From Ipenema ±
Play/Pause The Look Of Love †
Play/Pause The Owl And The Pussycat #^
Play/Pause You Can't Break A Broken Heart *+
Play/Pause Your Love Is King *
Stopped You've Got A Friend

† Recorded live at Milland Hall, 18th Dec 2011
‡ Recorded live in Windsor, 12th Feb 2012
# Recorded live in Windsor, 26th Oct 2013

"So sorry I haven't written sooner, but I just wanted to say thank you so much for your wonderful performance at our ball on the jubilee weekend. The band was such a hit with all 300 guests (as evident by the heaving dancefloor) and people are still talking about what a great night they had and how much they enjoyed your music and singing. And it was so lovely to see so many ages take to the dance floor.

We managed to get a little mention about all our jubilee efforts in the Farnham herald this week (p. 13) and gave your band a mention too. Let me know if you are unable to get a copy and would like to see it. I can always pop one in the post to you.

Thanks, chloe."

Organizer of the "Wellies and Tiaras" Jubilee Ball, Crondall

"The Claire Phoenix Band always draws a crowd with its rich mixture of Jazz. Latin and Soul sounds that appeal to so many. We have had such great feedback from our customers following their performances and are glad to confirm the group as a preferred supplier of ours. Their professionalism and musical acumen really stands out and we look forward to hosting more events with this delightful 5-piece jazz group."
Mike Smyth, Assistant Visitor Services Manager, National Trust (Claremont, Winkworth and The Homewood).

"Just a note to say how much you and your band were appreciated at the wedding. I have heard nothing but praise from our guests and most importantly, Jo and Danny who loved your music. I thought the line-up including the extra brass was excellent and your singing was just (as they say) music to my ears. I and another close friend would have been happy just sitting and listening however as the host that was not possible!

Thank you again.

I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking for a very professional band playing real music.

Good luck and continued success in the future. Best wishes"

Gordon Stead on the occasion of his daughter's wedding

"I met Claire at a gig and was impressed with her voice and presentation. Claire and her band subsequently played a gig for me, after a client phoned on a Monday afternoon asking for a garden party jazz band that Saturday. As last-minute as the booking was, the feedback was brilliant and ticked all the boxes that mattered to me: Claire and her band were punctual, very well-presented, polite, top class musicians and absolutely professional at reading the mood of the party. I don't know what else I could wish for!"
Marc Weide, PianoForte entertainment

"It was a real pleasure to work with Claire as part of the PureSolo competition. Lyrically, she possesses a soothing, relaxed tone, able to navigate a song with the freedom I would say, of a bird in flight. Able to adapt to any working situation, she showed great professionalism both on and off stage, 'rolling with the punches' where necessary, while remaining focused, and delivering a great performance. I look forward to sharing the stage with her again sometime in the near future"
BBC multi-award winning, international trombonist Dennis 'Badbone' Rollins

"Many thanks for your lovely performance yesterday, people kept saying what a warm voice you have. And I'm especially grateful for the "Blue Skies", that was really nice of you."
Elena, The Reform Club, Pall Mall

"Just to reiterate my thanks to you and your band members for keeping us entertained yesterday. The ladies as they came in were saying "Oh look, goody it's the same band as last year"! What more could you ask for?

Giving up your busy time to help us, is sincerely appreciated, thank you."

Margaret Stock, National Director, Alexandra Rose Charities, Oct 2010

"...[I wanted to] express our sincere thanks for making our evening so enjoyable. Many of our guests have mentioned how much they enjoyed the band. It was great to see the dance floor full right up to the last minute. You and the boys certainly know how to make a party swing with a great choice of numbers, and not least, your beautilul singing. Thanks a million Claire."
Gordon and Jose Stead on the occasion of Jose's significant birthday

"Thanks for coming over last night and for a really stylish and great performance as usual. Regards to the boys and see you soon."
Charles Johnson, Owner of The Bed Bar chain

"Many thanks for making John's 60th such a success - you were all fantastic. Everyone enjoyed your music - you really did us proud.
Look forward to seeing you at another venue where we can relax and just listen to the music! Please keep sending us updates."

Lesley & John Pemberton on the occasion of John's birthday, Nov 2010

"...many thanks for a most entertaining set at the Barley Mow in Winchfield on Saturday. You were professional, polished and highly entertaining; well done."
Alan Bates, audience member

"The evening seems to have been a great success, judging by the notes we have received since. There have been numerous spontaneous comments on how appropriate and enjoyable the music was, so I have no doubt the band's contribution was significant... thanks again to you for your helpfulness and consideration... we won't hesitate to recommend you."
Robert and Nicola Hunter on the occassion of their silver wedding anniversary celebrations at Fetcham Park House, Leatherhead

"Last year's Rose Tea Party was so special that I want to do the same again this year and wondered if you and the boys could see your way to providing us with music? If you could, that would be fabulous. I have already found a magician as I wanted something a little different, but I definitely need that great sound."
Margaret Stock, National Director, Alexandra Rose Charities, 2010

"Please put your hands together once again for another fantastic performance by The Claire Phoenix Band."
Joy Poulter, Mayoress of Godalming

"It was lovely to meet you and your fellow band members last Thursday in the grand environs of Farnham Castle and I wanted to add my thanks to you all for sponsoring such wonderful and fun entertainment at our Rose Tea Party. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and even I found myself wanting to dance!
It is only with the generosity of spirit of people like you that enables us to carry on our vital work supporting those in need in this country and for this I sincerely thank you."

The Lady Grade, Vice President Alexandra Rose (Original Letter)

"200 people enjoyed a sunny afternoon in Gostrey Meadow with jazz musical entertainment from The Claire Phoenix Band. The Claire Phoenix Band played 2 sets. The first half saw people tapping their feet and relaxing whilst the second half was a bit more upbeat and saw many members of the audience get up and dance!"
Farnham Town Council report on the band's appearance as part of the Farnham Music In The Park season

"I just wanted to say thanks once again to you for your performance last night. I've had nothing but praise for the entertainment you provided and coupled with the efficient way everything was set up and cleared away again, it made for an excellent evening. What was so nice was that, as I hoped, there was something for everyone and one of the "grande dames" of the village enjoyed it just as much as the relatively youthful lot that joined you on stage!"
Marian de Kretser, Onslow Village Resident's Association

"I just wanted to say thanks again to you and the band for a fantastic nights entertainment at Helens birthday party. We all had a fantastic time and everybody has remarked on “the great band” and just what a contribution you all made to making the party go with a real bang...I hope you all enjoyed the night as much as we did and got home safely (and not too late). Anyway, just wanted to wish you all the best for the future, I hope that you continue to have great success and enjoy what you do because we certainly do!! Thanks and best regards, Tim"
Helen's husband on the occasion of her 40th birthday

"The best band I've heard play here"
Ian from Fidessa at The Bed Bar

"Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the gig on Friday - as did, it would seem, everybody else. It really was just perfect for the occasion and helped make the festival the success we had hoped for. Many thanks to you and please pass my thanks on to the others in the band - we must do it again"
Peter Hatch organizer of FirkinFest, Grayshott

"Again, many thanks for a really fantastic evening. I'm sure you were aware how much everyone enjoyed it - especially the backing vocals!"
Mike Joule, Onslow Village Resident

"Many thanks for the evening at Branksome Place last week. The music was to everyone's taste and the event was enjoyed by all. Melissa and Russell also send their best wishes and thanks, as they felt the band added that extra touch to the evening. Thanks a lot and will recommend when the occasion arises."
Parents of newly engaged young couple Melissa and Russell

"Beautiful voice and great band"
Farnham Music In The Park audience member

“Are you playing here next year? I hope so. When I next have a party I will be booking you"
Fernhurst Revels organiser

“I was browsing the fete stalls and thought I'd come over to the marquee to listen to the CD that was playing. I didn't realise it was your band...very good.”
Fernhurst Revels visitor

"I am a member of the Godalming Town Band and as a professional musician I just want to say that whilst I don't usually appreciate the genre of music that you play, I am now converted. Your standard of musicianship is superb. I've really enjoyed listening to your performance and your singer has a stunning voice."
Godalming Mayor's Black Tie Ball brass band member

"You made the evening. I loved every song you played and, such a wide range of songs too!"
Godalming Mayor's Black Tie Ball guest

"You are the best band we have had this season."
Joy Poulter, Godalming Bandstand organiser

"Are you coming back to play next year? You are terrific."
Godalming Bandstand audience member

"What a fantastic afternoon. Your music is wonderful. Do you have any CD's for sale?"
Godalming Bandstand audience member

Sun  6th Sep 2015 - National Trust Event, Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Surrey. 11am
Sun 30th Aug 2015 - Farnham Bandstand, Gostrey Meadows. 3pm (Free entry)
Sun 12th Jul 2015 - Godalming Bandstand, Music In The Park. 3pm (Free entry)
Tue  7th Jul 2015 - Wedding, Yateley, Berks
Sat 30th May 2015 - White Waltham Celebration of 60 years of the British Women Pilots Association
Sat 16th May 2015 - Wedding, Nr. Reading
Sat 28th Mar 2015 - Dance night, The Surrey Swing Dance Society, Farnham, Surrey. 8pm
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Fri  3rd Oct 2014 - Private Party, Frensham Pond Hotel, Surrey
Sat 13th Sep 2014 - Charity masked ball, Crondall, Hampshire
Sun  7th Sep 2014 - National Trust Event, Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Surrey. 11am
Sun 31st Aug 2014 - 70th birthday party, Reading
Sat 23rd Aug 2014 - Claire guesting with Equinox jazz quartet at birthday party, Basingstoke
Sat  7th Jun 2014 - Dance night, The Surrey Swing Dance Society, Farnham, Surrey. 8pm
Thu  5th Jun 2014 - Wedding Reception, Surrey.
Sun 25th May 2014 - Brighton Bandstand, The Seafront, Brighton. 2pm
Sat 24th May 2014 - Private party, Witley
Sun 18th May 2014 - Godalming Bandstand, Music In The Park. 3pm (Free entry)
Sun  4th May 2014 - Phoenix Cultural Centre, Woking 6pm (5 on the door)

Fri 13th Dec 2013 - Private party, Godalming
Sun  1st Dec 2013 - Jagz, Ascot, Berkshire. Lunchtime
Sat 16th Nov 2013 - The Village Hotel, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7BF. 8pm (Duo)
Sat  9th Nov 2013 - Spanish Themed Party, The Joystick Club, White Waltham Airfield (trio)
Tue  1st Oct 2013 - The Four Horseshoes, Sherfield on loddon, Hook RG27 0EX. Guest appearance by Claire with jazz quartet Equinox. 8.30pm
Sun  8th Sep 2013 - National Trust Event, Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Surrey. 11am
Sat  3rd Aug 2013 - Summer Sounds, Woking Bandstand, Surrey. 2pm
Sun 28th Jul 2013 - Portsmouth & Southsea bandstand. 1pm
Thu 25th Jul 2013 - The Village Hotel, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7BF. 8pm (Duo)
Sun  7th Jul 2013 - Farnham Bandstand, Gostrey Meadows. 3pm (Free entry)
Fri  5th Jul 2013 - The Village Hotel, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7BF. 8pm
Sat 22nd Jun 2013 - Wedding reception, Llanelli, Wales
Sun 16th Jun 2013 - Forbury Gardens, Reading, Berkshire. 3-4.30pm
Sun  9th Jun 2013 - National Trust Day, Claremont Gardens, Esher, Surrey. 10:30-12:30am
Sun  2nd Jun 2013 - Godalming Bandstand, Music In The Park. 3pm (Free entry)
Sun 26th May 2013 - Brighton Bandstand, The Seafront, Brighton. 2pm
Sun 19th May 2013 - Fernhurst Revels, Fernhurst, West Sussex. (Free entry).
Sun 14th Apr 2013 - Jazz lunch @ Rowans, The Coppid Beech Hotel Restaurant, Bracknell. 12 noon (Trio)
Sat 16th Feb 2013 - South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. 8pm
Sat  9th Feb 2013 - Onslow Village Association Event
Sun 13th Jan 2013 - Feature set @ TBC, Fleet. 8pm

Mon 31st Dec 2012 - Cocktail Jazz reception NYE Coppid Beech Hotel, The Coppid Beech Hotel Restaurant, Bracknell. 7pm (Trio)
Sat 15th Dec 2012 - White Hart Hotel, Hook, Hampshire (Trio)
Sat 24th Nov 2012 - Private Party, French Theme, West London Airport (trio)
Sat  6th Oct 2012 - Wedding ceremony, Berkshire (duo)
Sat 29th Sep 2012 - 50th Birthday Party, Hampshire
Sun 16th Sep 2012 - National Trust Event, Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Surrey. 11am
Fri 14th Sep 2012 - The Sun Inn, Godalming, Surrey. 9pm
Fri  7th Sep 2012 - Private function, Midhurst, West Sussex
Sun 29th Jul 2012 - Portsmouth & Southsea bandstand. 1pm
Sun 15th Jul 2012 - Private luncheon, Haslemere (trio)
Fri 13th Jul 2012 - Charity Ball, DeVere Hotel, Reading
Sat  7th Jul 2012 - Celebrate Woking, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey. 2pm
Sun  1st Jul 2012 - Jagz, Ascot, Berkshire. Lunchtime
Sat 30th Jun 2012 - Summer Sounds, Woking Bandstand, Surrey. 2pm
Fri 15th Jun 2012 - The Sun Inn, Godalming, Surrey. 9pm (Cancelled due to football!)
Sun 10th Jun 2012 - Forbury Gardens, Reading, Berkshire. 3-4.30pm
Sun  3rd Jun 2012 - Godalming Bandstand, Jubilee Weekend - National "Big Lunch" (hog roast, tea tent etc.) 12-2pm (Free entry)
Sat  2nd Jun 2012 - Diamond Jubilee Ball, Crondall
Sun 27th May 2012 - Brighton Bandstand, The Seafront, Brighton. 2pm
Sat 26th May 2012 - Private party, Wokingham (trio)
Sun 20th May 2012 - Fernhurst Revels, Fernhurst, West Sussex. (Free entry).
Sat 12th May 2012 - GMCKS Charity ball, Holiday Inn, Manor Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 2RA. All are welcome
Thu 29th Mar 2012 - Wedding reception, Dorking area
Sun 11th Mar 2012 - Sunday afternoon Jazz at The Frog and Wicket, Rotherwick. 1pm-3pm (trio)
Sun 22nd Jan 2012 - Sunday afternoon Jazz at The Frog and Wicket, Rotherwick. 1pm-3pm (trio)
Fri 13th Jan 2012 - The Sun Inn, Godalming, Surrey. 9.30pm

Sat 31st Dec 2011 - New Years Eve at The Lythe Hill Hotel, Haselmere. Tickets available here
Sat 19th Nov 2011 - Wedding, Farnham, Surrey
Sun 13th Nov 2011 - Sunday afternoon Jazz at The Frog and Wicket, Rotherwick. 1pm-3pm (trio)
Sun  6th Nov 2011 - The Swan Inn, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 2pm-4pm (trio)
Thu  3rd Nov 2011 - The Alexandra Rose Raffle Tea Party with special guest Penelope Keith, Farnham Castle.
Fri 28th Oct 2011 - The Sun Inn, Godalming, Surrey. 9pm
Sun 23rd Oct 2011 - The Swan Inn, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 2pm-4pm (trio)
Sat  1st Oct 2011 - Private party, Guildford
Sun 18th Sep 2011 - The Swan Inn, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 2pm-4pm (trio)
Sun 11th Sep 2011 - Sunday afternoon Jazz at The Frog and Wicket, Rotherwick. 1pm-3pm (trio)
Sun  4th Sep 2011 - National Trust Event, Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Surrey. 11am
Sun 28th Aug 2011 - Music in the Courtyard at The Ship (hosted by radio DJ David Durant), Weybridge, KT13 8BQ. 4pm (duo)
Sat 27th Aug 2011 - Private birthday party, Sway, Hampshire
Sat 13th Aug 2011 - The Barley Mow Garden Festival, Winchfield, Hampshire. 3-5pm
Fri 12th Aug 2011 - Jagz, Ascot, Berkshire. 8pm
Sun  7th Aug 2011 - The Swan Inn, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 2pm-4pm (trio)
Sun 31st Jul 2011 - Wedding, Hants
Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Sunday afternoon Jazz at The Frog and Wicket, Rotherwick. 1pm-3pm (trio)
Sun 10th Jul 2011 - Parish Day, Hindhead, Surrey. 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Sat  2nd Jul 2011 - Wedding, Surrey
Fri  1st Jul 2011 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 9pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Sat 25th Jun 2011 - Golf club dinner/dance, Reading
Fri 24th Jun 2011 - Boulters Restaurant, Maidenhead 8pm (trio)
Sun 19th Jun 2011 - Sunday afternoon Jazz at The Frog and Wicket, Rotherwick. 1pm-3pm (trio)
Sat 18th Jun 2011 - Private birthday guesting with jazz ensemble Sounds So Familiar
Sun 12th Jun 2011 - Farnham Bandstand, Gostrey Meadows. 3pm (Free entry)
Sat 11th Jun 2011 - The Keller, The Coppid Beach Hotel, Bracknell. 9.30pm
Sun  5th Jun 2011 - Charity event (private)
Sun  5th Jun 2011 - The Swan Inn, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 2pm-4pm (trio)
Sun 29th May 2011 - Godalming Bandstand, Music In The Park. 3pm (Free entry)
Sun 15th May 2011 - Fernhurst Revels, Fernhurst, West Sussex. 1.45pm (Free entry)
Sat 14th May 2011 - The Farnham Maltings Spring Festival, Farnham, Surrey. 3pm (duo)
Fri 13th May 2011 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 9pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Fri  6th May 2011 - Boulters Restaurant, Maidenhead 8pm (duo)
Sun  1st May 2011 - The Swan Inn, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 2pm (trio)
Fri 29th Apr 2011 - (Royal Wedding day) The Barley Mow Garden Festival, Winchfield, Hampshire. 5.30pm
Sat 23rd Apr 2011 - The Jazz Cafe, Reading, Berkshire. 7.30pm
Fri 22nd Apr 2011 - Palette Bistro & Wine Bar (Duo), Woking, Surrey. 7.30pm
Tue  5th Apr 2011 - Corporate event, The Kit Kat Club, Marlow 8pm (trio)
Sun  3rd Apr 2011 - Sunday afternoon Jazz at The Frog and Wicket, Rotherwick. 1pm-3pm (trio)
Sun 13th Mar 2011 - The Swan Inn, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 2pm-4pm (trio)
Sat 26th Feb 2011 - Dance night, The Surrey Swing Dance Society. Christmas Dinner/Dance (rescheduled), Farnham, Surrey 8pm
Fri 25th Feb 2011 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 8pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Sat 19th Feb 2011 - Palette Bistro & Wine Bar (Duo), Woking, Surrey. 7.30pm
Thu 17th Feb 2011 - Farncombe Cavern @ The Freeholders, Farncombe, Surrey Tickets
Sun 13th Feb 2011 - The Swan Inn, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 2pm-4pm (trio)
Fri 11th Feb 2011 - The Bed Bar, Reading, Berkshire 8pm. (Free entry before 10pm)
Sat  5th Feb 2011 - Club members' private party, The Reform Club, Pall Mall, London (trio)
Sat  5th Feb 2011 - Private birthday party, Wokingham
Fri  4th Feb 2011 - Corporate event, Woking
Sun 30th Jan 2011 - South Hill Park Arts Centre (Atrium Bar). 1pm
                 - Guest appearance by Claire Phoenix with The Bennett Soundy Quartet (rescheduled)
Sat 29th Jan 2011 - The Godalming Arms (formerly The Wey Inn), Godalming, Surrey. 9pm
Sun 23rd Jan 2011 - The Swan Inn Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 2pm-4pm (trio)
Thu 20th Jan 2011 - Farncombe Cavern @ The Freeholders, Farncombe, Surrey Tickets
Sun 16th Jan 2011 - South Hill Park Arts Centre (Atrium Bar). 1pm
                  - Guest appearance by Claire Phoenix with The Bennett Soundy Quartet (postponed)

Fri 31st Dec 2010 - New Years Eve at The Lythe Hill Hotel, Haselmere
Wed 29th Dec 2010 - Crondall Village Hall, Croft Road, Crondall, GU10 5QF. 7.30pm
                  - Guest appearance by Claire Phoenix with Otis B. Driftwood
Sat 18th Dec 2010 - Dance night, The Surrey Swing Dance Society. Christmas Dinner/Dance (postponed due to bad weather), Farnham, Surrey 8pm
Thu 16th Dec 2010 - Private Christmas Party
Thu  9th Dec 2010 - Farncombe Cavern @ The Freeholders, Farncombe, Surrey Tickets
Sun  5th Dec 2010 - The Swan Inn, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 1pm-3pm (trio)
Sat 27th Nov 2010 - Wedding, Reading, Berkshire
Thu 25th Nov 2010 - Jagz, Ascot, Berkshire. 8pm Tickets
Sat 20th Nov 2010 - Palette Bistro & Wine Bar, Woking, Surrey. 7.30pm
Fri 19th Nov 2010 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 8pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Thu 18th Nov 2010 - Farncombe Cavern @ The Freeholders, Farncombe, Surrey Tickets
Sun 14th Nov 2010 - The Swan Inn, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 1pm-3pm (trio)
Sat 13th Nov 2010 - Private party, Hampshire
Sun  7th Nov 2010 - Sunday afternoon Jazz at The Frog and Wicket, Eversley, RG27 0NS. 3pm-5pm (trio)
Thu  4th Nov 2010 - The Horns, Crondall, Hampshire (trio), 8pm
Fri 29th Oct 2010 - Wildlife Aid Charity Ball, Preston Cross Hotel, Bookham, Surrey. 7pm
Thu 28th Oct 2010 - Farncombe Cavern @ The Freeholders, Farncombe, Surrey Tickets
Thu 28th Oct 2010 - The Alexandra Rose Raffle Tea Party, Farnham Castle. 4pm
Wed 27th Oct 2010 - Presenting Jazz in association with UK Jazz Radio
                  - South Hill Park Arts Centre, Cellar Bar, Bracknell, Berkshire. 8.30pm
Fri 22nd Oct 2010 - The Bed Bar, Reading, Berkshire 8pm. (Free entry before 10pm)
Fri 15th Oct 2010 - Palette Bistro & Wine Bar, Woking, Surrey. 7.30pm
                  - Guest appearance by Claire Phoenix with Alex Forsyth's jazz ensemble
Sun 10th Oct 2010 - The Swan Inn, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire. 1pm-3pm (trio)
Thu 23rd Sep 2010 - Farncombe Cavern @ The Freeholders, Farncombe, Surrey Tickets
Sat 18th Sep 2010 - National Trust Event, Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Surrey. 11am
Fri 17th Sep 2010 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 8pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Thu 16th Sep 2010 - The Horns, Crondall, Hampshire (trio), 8pm
Sat 11th Sep 2010 - Palette Bistro & Wine Bar, Woking, Surrey. 7.30pm
Sat 11th Sep 2010 - Jagz, Ascot, Berkshire. 1pm (Charity Event)
Sun 29th Aug 2010 - The Old Orleans Restaurant, Reading, Dinner Jazz (Solo) 5.30-8.30pm
Sat 28th Aug 2010 - The Barley Mow Garden Festival, Winchfield, Hampshire 5-7pm
Fri 27th Aug 2010 - Weyfest Presents, The Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey
                  - Guest appearance by Claire Phoenix with Vic Cracknell presenting Vic's new album "Nowhere to Somewhere"
Thu 19th Aug 2010 - Farncombe Cavern @ The Freeholders, Farncombe, Surrey Tickets
Sat 14th Aug 2010 - Palette Bistro & Wine Bar, Woking, Surrey. 7.30pm
Sun  8th Aug 2010 - Farnham Bandstand, Gostrey Meadows. 3pm (Free entry)
Fri 23rd Jul 2010 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 8pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Thu 22nd Jul 2010 - Farncombe Cavern @ The Freeholders, Farncombe, Surrey Tickets
Sat 17th Jul 2010 - British Legion private birthday party
Sun 11th Jul 2010 - The Coppid Beech Hotel Restaurant, Bracknell, 12.30-3.30pm (Trio)
Sat 10th Jul 2010 - Silver Wedding Anniversary, Leatherhead
Sat 10th Jul 2010 - Bisley private birthday party 2pm (Solo)
Sat 3rd July 2010 - Private Garden Party, Wantage (trio)
Sat 26th Jun 2010 - Guildford Corporation Club (contact club for details)
Sat 20th Jun 2010 - Private Function (duo)
Fri  4th Jun 2010 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 8pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Mon 31st May 2010 - Hampton Court Palace, Festival. 2pm
Sun 30th May 2010 - The Guardian Hay Festival, Hay-On-Wye, Wales
                  - Guest appearance by Claire Phoenix with Denis Rollins and his band, Badbone & Co. 10.15pm
Sun 23rd May 2010 - Godalming Bandstand, Music In The Park. 3pm (Free entry)
Fri 21st May 2010 - CHIKS (Childrens Homes In Kerala State) charity event, The Hop Blossom, Farnham (duo) (Free entry)
Sun 16th May 2010 - Fernhurst Revels, Fernhurst, West Sussex. 1pm (Free entry)
Sat  8th May 2010 - Cellar Bar, Farnham Maltings (Duo)
Fri 30th Apr 2010 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 8pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Sat 24th Apr 2010 - Private party, Frensham Ponds Hotel, Surrey
Sun  4th Apr 2010 - The Coppid Beech Hotel Restaurant, Bracknell, 12.30-3.30pm (Trio)
Fri 19th Mar 2010 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 8pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Fri 12th Mar 2010 - The Lickfold Inn, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9EY (Duo)
Fri 14th Feb 2010 - Valentine's Day Lunch, the Prince Of Wales, Hammer, Nr Haslemere
                  - Guest appearance by Claire Phoenix with jazz Quintet Sounds So Familiar
Sat 30th Jan 2010 - Oxjam, Elizabeth Hall, Hook, Hampshire

Fri 18th Dec 2009 - Private Function
Sat 12th Dec 2009 - Royal British Legion Christmas Lunch
Thu 10th Dec 2009 - The Keep, Guildford (Trio)
Sun  6th Dec 2009 - Private Function
Sat  5th Dec 2009 - Private Function
Thu  3rd Dec 2009 - Loch Fyne Restaurant, Farnham
                  - Guest appearance by Claire Phoenix with Alex Forsyth's jazz ensemble
Sat 14th Nov 2009 - Private Function
Fri 13th Nov 2009 - Private Function
Thu 12th Nov 2009 - The Keep, Guildford (duo)
Mon  9th Nov 2009 - The Good Intent, Puttenham (duo)
Fri  6th Nov 2009 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 8pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Thu  5th Nov 2009 - The Star, Godalming (duo)
Fri 30th Oct 2009 - FirkinFest, Grayshott
Thu 29th Oct 2009 - The Alexandra Rose Raffle Tea Party, Farnham Castle
Wed 28th Oct 2009 - The Spice Of Life, London (duo)
Sat 10th Oct 2009 - Private Function (trio)
Sat  3rd Oct 2009 - Private Function
Sat  5th Sep 2009 - Weyfest, Tilford, Farnham (duo)
Sun 23rd Aug 2009 - Godalming Bandstand, Music In The Park
Mon 10th Aug 2009 - The Good Intent, Puttenham (duo)
Fri  7th Aug 2009 - Private Function (duo)
Sat  1st Aug 2009 - Private Function
Fri 31st Jul 2009 - The Claremont, Westbyfleet (duo)
Sat 25th Jul 2009 - Private Function (duo)
Fri 10th Jul 2009 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 8pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Thu  9th Jul 2009 - The Keep, Guildford
Sun  5th Jul 2009 - Farnham Bandstand, Gostrey Meadows
Sat  4th Jul 2009 - G-Fest, Dockenfield, Farnham (duo)
Sun 28th Jun 2009 - The Duke of Cambridge, Tilford (duo)
Fri 26th Jun 2009 - The Swan, Farnborough (duo)
Fri 19th Jun 2009 - The Bed Bar, Woking, Surrey. 8pm (Free entry before 10pm)
Sun 14th Jun 2009 - The Hilton Hotel, Cobham (duo)
Thu 28th May 2009 - University of Creative Arts, Farnham (duo)
Tue 19th May 2009 - The Georgian Hotel, Haslemere
Sun 17th May 2009 - Fernhurst Revels, Haslemere
Sun 10th May 2009 - Princes Hall, Aldershot (duo)

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Godalming Bandstand 2008 (Part 1) (YouTube footage by Tietjen)
Godalming Bandstand 2008 (Part 2) (YouTube footage by Tietjen)
The Farncombe Cavern 2010 (YouTube footage by Gloria Lynn)
Autumn Leaves (YouTube promo)
I've Got You Under My Skin (YouTube promo)
12-Bar Bubbly Scat Birthday greeting
The quality of the recordings on this website are not optimal due to the loss in quality when converting to the MP3 format. Therefore we offer our recordings in the original format on CD and they can be purchased at 5 per copy.

Each CD can be ordered by clicking on the CD cover which will take you to the secure online ordering systems provided by PayPal. Alternatively, you may want to contact Claire to place your order personally.

(To view track listings right click on the image and choose "View image in new window" or something similar depending on your browser.)

The band's initial EP, Pure Gold, was released in 2010. These recordings were made in the studio with accompaniment by Rob Lewis on pianos and John Bromley on guitar.

The band's first album, Diamond Lives, was released in 2012. These live performances were captured over two sessions at Milland Hall in the West Sussex countryside and then at the band's retreat in Windsor.

The band's second album, Mood Swings, was released in 2014. These live performances were captured in one session at the band's retreat in Windsor with backing vocals added during mixing.

A selection of recordings for you to download.

Each song can be downloaded after paying via the secure online ordering systems provided by PayPal.

Click on the download button adjacent to the song that you would like to download to pay via PayPal and then follow the instructions thereafter.

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Why should I book The Claire Phoenix Band?
The Claire Phoenix Band is a professional function band committed to providing high quality entertainment for you and your guests. The band perform regularly at private functions and have several years experience of providing professional live entertainment. If you decide to book the band we will work closely with you to provide a quality service that exceeds your requirements and expectations. You can depend on our professionalism.

How are we different from other function bands?
We believe that The Claire Phoenix Band provide something different from a standard party band. We sensitively perform a range of jazz, soul and pop classics in a manner that creates a chic and sophisticated atmosphere. Although we perform plenty of upbeat numbers so guests can dance we are quieter than most bands giving your guests an opportunity to really appreciate the music. This also means we are well suited to venues with sound limiters as well as for performances during meals.

What type of events are you available for?
The band are ideally suited for performances at wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, engagement parties, staff parties, corporate functions, dinner-dances or any event where you wish to entertain your quests with professional live music.

What type of music do you play?
The band performs a range of material as we like to provide something for everyone. The songs vary from jazz standards, soul classics and retro pop; latin dance tunes, swing and motown as well as up-to-the minute chart songs. Our Repertoire page lists our current play list.

What geographical areas do you cover?
The band is available for bookings in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Sussex and also welcome enquiries from further a field.

How do I book the band?
To book The Claire Phoenix Band you can contact the band via email at clairephoenixmusic@gmail.com or by telephone on 07790 785619. Please provide details on the nature, date, location and timings of your event. In order to confirm the booking we will ask for a deposit.

Do you have a demo CD?
Yes we do and we are happy to send one to you if you provide your name and address via email at clairephoenixmusic@gmail.com. We also have mp3s on our website so you can hear the band in action.

How much does it cost to book the band and what do you provide?
For most events we perform 2 sets of live music of 45 minutes in length along with recorded music in between. We can also provide a DJ to add extra entertainment for extended events. The exact cost of your booking will depend on the timings, location and date of your event. Contact us for a quote via email at clairephoenixmusic@gmail.com or contact Claire on 07790 785619.

Do you have your own sound system and lighting?
Yes, we are completely self contained and provide a full sound and lighting rig capable of entertaining in venues that would accommodate up to around 300 guests.

How long does the band need to set up and will you be set up before the guests arrive?
Generally speaking the band needs about 60 minutes to set up and sound check. Ideally this is done before the guests arrive or, as is the case at many weddings, when the room is being arranged for the evening reception. However, if you require the band to be set up before the event starts this can be arranged as well.

What if my event/wedding is running over schedule?
With the best intentions and planning, you may find your timings change during the evening. Once set up and sound checked the band can be ready to perform at five minutes notice. They are also happy to wait in the wings if your event is running late.

How does the band dress and do I need to provide changing facilities and refreshments?
The Claire Phoenix Band dress appropriately for the occasion both off and on stage. Changing facilities would be appreciated but we recognise that this cannot always be arranged. We would normally retire to a quiet area of the venue while not performing. On many occasions we have been asked to mix with the audience when not performing and we are happy to do this as well. We neither require, nor expect refreshments or food to be laid on for the band but if they are they are always appreciated.

Is it possible to come and see you before booking?
Yes the band do make public appearances and you are more than welcome to attend any of those. Please visit the Events page to find out where the band are playing. Please note that some of the performances may be acoustic and will feature a duo or trio rather than the full band. Naturally, the main focus of the band is on Claire's voice and you will always get a chance to hear Claire sing at any of the events advertised on this web-site. Please contact the band via email at clairephoenixmusic@gmail.com or by telephone on 07790 785619 to find out details on the location and timings of any performances.

Does the band have Insurance Cover?
The Claire Phoenix Band have comprehensive Public Liability Insurance. For many venues this is a requirement.

Does the band have PAT compatible equipment?
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) of electrical equipment is an important part of any health & safety policy. The Claire Phoenix Band use equipment that is fully PAT tested. Again, this is a requirement of many venues.

For bookings and general enquiries you can send an
email to clairephoenixmusic@gmail.com

Alternatively you can contact Claire directly on
07790 78 56 19