1. Faculty

Clairdee

Roots, Jazz, and American Music

“In sassy, solidly assured, crowd-pleasing form, Clairdee’s got a whole lot of interpretive brilliance going on." —JazzTimes

Courses Taught

  • Private Lessons

Education

  • BA, Fine Arts/Education, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • BS, Information Systems Management, University of San Francisco

Ensembles

  • Clairdee Trio/Quartet

Awards and Distinctions

  • Bay Area Jazz & Blues Artist Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018

What is your hometown?

Denver, CO

What is your favorite recording?

Just one? Off the top, I’d say “Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays,” “Nancy Wilson, Broadway, My Way,” and “Sarah Vaughan, After Hours.”

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Interior design, mentoring, social justice, and visual arts.

Who were your major teachers?

I started singing professionally at age 14 and have had great mentors throughout the years: John Levy, artist manager; singer Nancy Wilson; pianist Norman Simmons.

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

I’ve been singing and making music all of my life. It was a natural choice and I have no regrets.

What was a turning point in your career?

Being chosen for representation by John Levy, artist manager to the greats: Shirley Horn, Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, Joe Williams, et al.

If you weren’t a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Life coach.

What is your daily practice routine?

15 minutes: breathing exercises, long tones, and scales. I’m usually singing throughout the day working on material.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

George Gershwin, Billy Strayhorn, and Stevie Wonder.

What is your unrealized project?

Recording with a symphony orchestra.

What recordings can we hear you on?

Clairdee: Stand Up (Declare Music) 2018
Clairdee: Music Moves (Declare Music) 2005
Clairdee: This Christmas (Declare Music) 2002
Clairdee: Destination Moon (Declare Music) 2000

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