An alluringly graceful and charismatic jazz singer with a charming off-beat sense of humour, Fleur Stevenson performs a tastefully modern take on a variety of much-loved jazz standards, latin favourites and vintage flavoured originals.
...."Fleur Stevenson is a wonderful singer with a great musical ear and natural jazz feel. I'm really looking forward to seeing and hearing her promising career unfold.''
Claire Martin OBE
Jazz vocalist and BBC radio 3 presenter
One of the new breed of jazz singers, Fleur is known for her velvet tone, imaginative improvisation and sparkling presentation. She enjoys collaborations with many of the UKs top musicians including Gareth Williams, David Newton, Brandon Allen, Art Themen to name a few. She performs at many prestigious venues across the UK, including the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 606 Club and Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho.
Originally classically trained in voice and trumpet, Fleur is now privileged to be a student of The First Lady of British Jazz, Claire Martin, and the collaboration has produced a fine performer with musical intellect and skill as an improviser. Fleur's influences spanning jazz, soul and blues genres, include Carman McRae, Shirley Horn, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Donny Hathaway and Chris Connor.
Fleur's forthcoming album features arrangements of well known standards, as well as jazz arrangements of some lesser known vintage pop songs. Excellent straight ahead jazz from one of the UK’s upcoming jazz singers.
Fleur was brought up on Classical and Ecclesiastical music. Interested and encouraged in music from an early age she began singing in church choirs and playing the cornet in local brass bands; later she won a music scholarship to Pangbourne College. She was also awarded a place at Wells Cathedral School to study music in 2002 where she studied classical voice and trumpet. Over these school years Fleur performed as a classical singer and chorister under the direction of many wonderful composers and conductors, including Ralph Allwood, David Fanshawe, Malcolm Archer, Nigel Perrin and Karl Jenkins. These invaluable experiences gave Fleur an excellent grounding for what later would become her vocation in jazz.
After her school years, Fleur was asked to sing with a local jazz group, filling in for the soloist at a rehearsal. Fleur was instantly hooked by the sense of freedom in jazz singing! She formed her own band; starting singing jazz at local clubs and bars, quickly gained an impressive local following.
Fleur has since gained her Associate Trinity College London (ATCL) diploma in jazz singing performance with distinction. In 2008 Fleur begun having lessons with the The First Lady of British Jazz, Claire Martin; a collaboration that is still strong today. Fleur has also received training from world renowned jazz vocalist Anita Wardell, X Factor - judges expert coach and singer Verona Chard, Paris jazz club resident Laura Littardi, and Ronnie Scotts resident Renato D'Aiello.
Fleur is now a well known jazz vocalist on the South East jazz scene and enjoys many collaborations with wonderful musicians on the jazz circuit. She has performed at many venues across the UK, including the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 606 Club and Pizza Express, Soho. Fleur enjoys residencies at local venues, such as the Global Cafe (Reading), and the Wildwood Kitchen Restaurants.
In 2013, Fleur founded Reading's "Jazz Singers' Night" at the Global Cafe. A monthly gig, which Fleur hosts accompanied by her band, and opens up the stage to budding jazz vocalists, after performing the first set. See the gigs page for details.
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Graham Steele Music Company presents 'Hats Off To Holiday!'
In 2015 Fleur will be celebrating the life and music of the legendary Billie Holiday, in her 100th birthday year, with a series of gigs paying tribute to Billie "Lady Day" Holiday, performing songs we all know and love from one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. Songs include ‘Good morning heartache’, ‘God bless the child’, ‘Fine and Mellow’, ‘Don’t explain’ and many more. Fleur is proud to be part of the Graham Steele Music Company and the “Hats Off to Holiday” tour is managed by this company. For more details and booking contact GSMC directly: www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com