Art of the Duo
Siskiyou Music Project welcomes bay area vocalist Clairdee and pianist Ken French for an intimate performance at the Old Siskiyou Barn. This will be their first southern Oregon performance.
Vocalist Clairdee and pianist Ken French will present selections from their extensive repertoire of American popular song. Aside from creating joyful renditions of standards and blues, Clairdee takes the opportunity to fill the audience in on a wide multitude of influences.
No less than the illustrious Nancy Wilson has said of the soulful and jazzy force of interpretive nature called Clairdee, “In the tradition of all great vocalists, she infuses each song with her own unique style while always remaining true to the song itself.” That dead-on assessment applies to Clairdee’s studio albums and live performances — rich and multi-faceted.
In addition to leading her world-class touring band, Clairdee has performed with some of America’s most notable jazz masters. Her newest album, A Love Letter to Lena, pays homage to Lena Horne integrating inventive arrangements of songs by Billy Strayhorn and contemporary composers with compelling storytelling. Clairdee’s three previous CDs as a leader all received critical acclaim and helped cement her reputation as one of the top singers on the scene today.
Combining scene-stealing charisma with heartfelt humility and a sincere belief in the transformative power of music, Clairdee’s soulfully alluring vocal style has been featured in concert halls, festivals and nightclubs from Monterey, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Bangkok, Toronto, Paris, Moscow, and St. Petersburg Russia — to New York, New Hampshire, San Francisco and points in between.
A composer and arranger, pianist Ken French is passionate about jazz, blues, and the rich tradition of the American Song Book. With early training in classical piano, and university studies in philosophy and music composition, Ken has honed his craft for over three decades on world class stages from New York to Tokyo, including the Monterey Jazz Festival and SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. He has performed with such legendary artists as Mary Stallings, John Handy, and Wynton Marsalis, and is musical director and co-arranger for international jazz vocalist Clairdee. As an educator, Ken shares his musical passion through the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Academy of Art University, and in private teaching.
“Generous spirit and unpretentious sincerity.”
“Among the most skilled, appealing singers. Fine songs, beautiful voice, great moves.”
—San Francisco Examiner
“Clairdee is the real thing. A beautiful voice, an exceptional artist.”