Available as a solo singer and an acoustic duo for events.
The Clare Barnes Jazz Duo are a Versatile Vocal and Guitar Duo that work well for a huge range of events from easy to talk over background music to weddings and corporate functions, providing wonderful elegant music that will bring a touch of class to any occasion.
The pair have been successfully entertaining audiences for many years and have performed all over the country and abroad playing with various groups, duos and trios everywhere from restaurants and cruise ships to more prestigious venues such as Ronnie Scott's and the London palladium.
Jazz Duo's classic set list draws upon a vast array of genres spanning nearly a century comprised of Jazz standards, Show tunes, Blues and Gospel as well as more modern favourites that make the duo perfectly suited for any event. Versatile, professional and approachable, they can adapt to all social occasions and will do their utmost to cater to your requirements to make your day as memorable as possible. Jazz Duo require minimal space and set-up time and are able to provide P.A and lighting.
Kevin from Radlett booked the dynamic duo for his wife's 50th Birthday " they played at my wife's birthday party, they were amazing!!"
Jazz Duo also offer the addition of another guitar or bass for trio settings as well as keyboards and a drum kit to create a 4-piece band for larger events.
Clare Barnes bio The Duos vocalist has been a professional singer since 2005 and has performed at hundreds of private events. Originally Classically trained Clare studied with Malcolm Rivers (The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal Opera House) which eventually lead to Various performances at the Watford Coliseum.
Her talent for singing also extends to other genres and has a passion for Soul and Gospel singers from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Christina Aguilera and has subsequently performed with the Shoreditch Gospel Choir and Blues Kitchen Gospel Choir for which she was the lead vocalist.
Clare also uses her vocal talents in Music therapy sessions to help entertain people suffering from dementia and has fronted a jazz trio with session guitarist Ben Weightman
Carl Gurney bio The duo's guitarist is an established Guitarist, Composer and Arranger who has worked with a wealth of talented artists since graduating from the Guitar Institute in London. The Guitarist various collaborations has seen him perform at the London Arena, St Albans Arena and Ronnie Scotts and featured on countless sessions, co writing with Andy Bell and Vince Clark (Erasure). Also active in Musical Theatre, Carl has has arranged musicals for Harpenden Gang show and played guitar in many productions such as Grease, Our House and Jesus Christ Superstar to name a few.
From 2013- 2017 he served as Chief Audio Technician and Head of music performance at Sanctuary Studios Watford where he taught the NCFE course for which he wrote much of the curriculum. In 2015 the talented guitarist released his debut album "Jackal Jazz E.P" a collection of Funk, Soul and Smooth Jazz instrumentals which is available on iTunes. Carl currently resides in St Albans where he has built a successful career teaching many aspiring musicians.