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Fay Claassen

Fay Claassen was born in 1969 in Nijmegen The Netherlands. Before she devoted herself to singing, she followed courses at the academy of ballet. Subsequently she studied at the academy of acting after which she finally opted for singing. She completed her study at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague in Holland with remarkable distinctions for jazz-timing and vocal improvisation. Fay Claassen graduated in 1997 from the Royal Consevatory of The Hague with two special endorsements for Jazz timing and Jazz improvisation. Some of her teachers were: Rita Reys, Deborah Brown, Frans Elsen, Racheal Gould, James McGray, Marjory Barnes and Judy Niemack. After her conservatory period she appeared as vocalist in different groups and toured through different countries in Europe. Her first recording ‘Simply Be’ was released with a band together with the saxophone player Carolyn Breuer

ARTICLE: RADIO

What We Need Are Hearts On Fire

Read "What We Need Are Hearts On Fire" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Sample sweet holiday music from Beegie Adair, plus new releases by pianists Harold Mabern and Sue Palmer, with birthday shout outs to Diane Schuur, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams (celebrating his centennial this year), Jazz Master Bob Dorough, Cassandra Wilson and lyricist Morgan Ames, among others. Playlist Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band “The Little Drummer ...

Luck Child

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Luck Child; One Trick Pony; Song of Life; Blackbird; Fay; In a Sentimental Mood; Finding You; When Love Was New; Oh Shenandoah; Miniature No. 7; A House is Not a Home; God Bless the Child; Cinema Paradiso.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fay Claassen: Luck Child

Read "Luck Child" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dutch singer Fay Claassen has taken her sweet time releasing a follow-up to her 2010 big band release, Sing (Challenge). Her most recent recordings before sing include Red, Hot & Blue: The Music of Cole Porter (Challenge, 2009), and the uniformly excellent Two Portraits Of Chet Baker (Munich, 2006), all uniquely their own works of art. ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Bob Brookmeyer: Jack of All Trades, Master of Valves

Read "Bob Brookmeyer: Jack of All Trades, Master of Valves" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bob Brookmeyer, a Renaissance man among jazz musicians who died December 15, 2011, four days before his eighty-second birthday, will be remembered as many things: composer, arranger, musician, educator, outspoken arbiter who brooked no nonsense and wasn't shy about letting others know when he believed they were not giving the music he loved the best they ...

Sing!

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Tight; Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby; Throw It Away; A Felicidade; You Turn Me On; Cover Me; Be Cool; Umhome; A Good Man Is Hard To Find; A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing; Tea For Two; Everything Must Change.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fay Claassen: Sing!

Read "Sing!" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dutch singer Fay Claassen doesn't necessarily push beyond the musical house, but she does occasionally rearrange the furniture. Her surveys of the Chet Baker catalog Two Portraits of Chet Baker (Jazz'n Pulz, 2006) revealed an abiding respect for the jazz canon, while also giving hint to a playful and creative attitude toward the music. This is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fay Claassen with WDR Big Band Cologne: Sing!

Read "Sing!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Internationally recognized Dutch vocalist Fay Claassen joins forces with the Grammy Award-winning WDR Big Band from Cologne, Germany and Berlin's Rundfunk Orchester, for her sixth album as leader with Sing!. Paying tribute to iconic female vocalists, the repertoire contains songs associated with jazz divas from Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington to singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell ...

Red Hot & Blue: The Music of Cole Porter

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: I Get a Kick Out of You; Easy To Love; Love For Sale; Ridin' High; Dream Dancing; Anything Goes; You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To; I Concentrate On You; All Through the Night; Too Darn Hot; So in Love.

NEWS: EDUCATION

Summer Jazz Workshop 2009 in Amsterdam!

Summer Jazz Workshop 2009 in Amsterdam!

The Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Manhattan School of Music present: Summer Jazz Workshop 2009 co-hosted by Manhattan School of Music July 6 - 10, 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Study jazz in Amsterdam this summer! You now have the opportunity to study jazz in an outstanding international musical atmosphere. The Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Manhattan School ...


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