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Hilda Clemas has a distinctive vocal and wide dynamic range. Capable of great power, she has a deft touch, imbuing standards such as “Desafinado”, “Corcovado”, “It’s only a Paper Moon”, and “I’m beginning to see the Light ” with a silky smooth and an occasionally husky edge. When the moment is right – such as Hilda and James’ boisterous take on Route 66 – she can really swing in style.
Such assured performances didn’t arrive overnight. Born into a Scottish musical family in Dundee, Hilda started singing in bands at the age of 16, fronting jazz funk and soft rock bands before focusing on jazz. Hilda Clemas has performed with amongst others Robin Reece, Sir Tim Rice, Mike Isaac, Martin Dale, The Cougars and dance music act Magnetic Soul.
Keyboardist James Clemas is the perfect foil for Hilda. Offering beautifully textured underpinning and sympathetic composing he can also dig deep producing powerful and imaginative solos that really hit home.
James turned professional at 16, a graduate in Jazz Studies (BA Hons Leeds College of Music) and has been a backing musician for some of the UK’s best jazz, soul and R & B acts. He has also been a side-man for Digby Fairweather, John Petters, Alan Barnes, Tony Kofi, Dave O’Higgins, Jim Fryer, Martin Dale, Maggie Reeday, Roy Williams, Greg Abate, Robin Reece and Simon Spillett, Martin Drew, Jim Hart, Jamie Taylor, Neil Maya, Pete Allen, Garry Jackson and the Mike Isaac band
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