Old friends will share the Key stage for a swinging affair

Ray and Claire
Ray and Claire

Friends for 30-years, multi award-winning vocalist Claire Martin OBE and legendary saxophonist and vocalist Ray Gelato have combined their love of all things ‘Swing’ and joined forces for their first show together, ‘A Swinging Affair’ at The Key Theatre on Saturday, March 5.

These much celebrated and respected musicians share the stage with a world-class trio led by renowned-pianist Dave Newton to explore the Great American Songbook – including classics such as; ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off’, ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’. ‘They all Laughed’ and ‘Can’t We Be Friends’.

If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging – this is the show for you. A swinging affair indeed!

Claire says of the show: “Ray and I go back many years, he gave me my first musical break in my late teens! It’s wonderful that we have come full circle to put this show together. We are both passionate about this music and share the same love of great songs, which we will be singing and swinging with the world-class pianist Dave Newton. We also love to put on a show, so get ready to be entertained!”

Ray added: ‘It’s a pleasure to share the stage with one of my favourite singers, and dear friend Claire Martin. Our aim is to present jazz music for everybody, and to bring back a revitalised, new concept of the vocal duet. To Claire and I, music is about communication and telling a story. We hope to communicate our love of swingin’ music to you’.