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Claire Daly

After attending the Berklee College of Music, she began an education of another kind — making a living as a musician. Her career has included anchoring the sax section in the Diva Big Band for 7 yrs, freelancing in New York doing EVERY imaginable kind of gig (available on request!), recording 6 CDs with the brilliant, quirky composer/pianist Joel Forrester and their band "People Like Us", as well as two CDs as leader on Koch Jazz, ("Swing Low" and "Movin' On" now re-released on DalyBread Records) and releases of her own including "Heaven Help Us All", "Rah! Rah! Rahsaan!" and "Mary Joyce Project: Nothing To Lose", also on Dalybread Records. Also "2 Sisters, Inc - Scaribari" with fellow baritonist Dave Sewelson and bassist Dave Hofstra. She has performed on numerous CDs, film scores, jingles, and of course in many festivals and venues.

She has performed with Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney among many others, being an in-demand baritonist in every style of music. She is referred to as the Queen of TriBeCaStan and plays on their latest CD "New Deli".

In the fall of 2004, Claire's first CD as leader "Swing Low" was installed in the William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock, Ark. as a CD significant to President Clinton while in office.

Her most recent CD "Mary Joyce Project, Nothing to Lose" is a gift of music to her second cousin who traveled 1,000 miles by dogsled (Juneau to Fairbanks) in 1935/6. It was premiered in Juneau in the "Jazz and Classics" Festival in May, 2011.


Downbeat Critic Poll "Rising Star" 2003-2011
"Downbeat Reader's Poll" 2006-2011
"Jazztimes Reader's Poll" 2005-2011
Jazz Journalist "Baritonist of the Year" 2005


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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, baritone


New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Litchfield Jazz Camp: 2000 - present Claire runs "Litchfield In New York" combos in NYC MS Jazz Academy at Jazz At Lincoln Center private lessons in New York City

Clinic/Workshop Information

Claire covers a variety of subjects, including "Mary Joyce, A Life Improvised"
"How to Develop a Sound on Saxophone"
"Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Introduction To An Artist"
"Section Playing for Woodwinds"
and many more


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Shifting Paradigm Records


Rah! Rah!

Ride Symbol


2468 West Grand...

Glass Beach Jazz


Heaven Help Us All

Daly Bread


Heaven Help Us All

Daly Bread




Sonny Rollins
James Carter
saxophone, tenor
David Binney
saxophone, alto
Gerry Mulligan
saxophone, baritone
Hank Crawford
saxophone, alto
Lauren Sevian
saxophone, baritone
Gene Ammons
saxophone, tenor
Sam Newsome
saxophone, soprano
Pepper Adams
saxophone, baritone
Joel Frahm
saxophone, tenor
Hamiet Bluiett
saxophone, baritone
Kendra Shank
voice / vocals

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