My mission is to uplift and build community through music, creating narrative that inspires beyond the stage.”

— Clairdee

Notable Quotes

 "A whole lot of interpretive brilliance."
"Generous spirit, unpretentious sincerity."
—Down Beat
"Clairdee is the real thing. A beautiful voice and an exceptional artist."

New Recording Project

I am lifted and profoundly grateful to our Lena Centennial Campaign contributors whose generosity successfully launched the project!

You can still be part of the experience! Join us now and you will receive the finished recording before the official release date — plus wonderful thank you gifts, including private updates on our progress.

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Life is Not a Spectator Sport

Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life.
—Jackie Robinson 

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Mendocino Music Festival

LOVED every minute singing at the Mendocino Music Festival. Wonderful audiences, musicians, staff, and artistic director Allan Pollack. Did two shows: First in a rare duo setting with my long time pianist-arranger Ken French, followed by an evening of swing with the Festival Big Band directed by Pollack. Great fun! THANK YOU!
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Porgy & Bess Concert

Many, many thanks to EVERYONE who helped make our Porgy & Bess show in Miner Auditorium at the beautiful SFJAZZ Center a huge success: Gail SinquefieldUnity Music Foundation, SFJAZZTed Hall, our extraordinary arranger Mark Lopeman, music director Aaron Lington, the 17 talented musicians who played their hearts out, and to my friend Jamie Davis. [Photo: Ronald Davis] 

Most of all, THANK YOU to our audience whose continued interest and attendance make it possible for us to keep presenting top quality…

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Siletz Bay Music Festival

So much fun at the Siletz Bay Music Festival in Gleneden Beach, OR — singing with 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dick Hyman, the incomparable Ken Peplowski, soprano Nicole Greenidge, baritone Rocky Blumhagen, and an incredible orchestra under the direction of Maestro Yaacov Bergman.

Nicole, Rocky and I sang Mr. Hyman's compositions set to words by Shakespeare. [Rehearsal photo] On Friday, July 1, Dick, Ken, and I performed big band arrangements with Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra. And on July 4, the festival concluded…

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For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
—Nelson Mandela
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2017 NEA Jazz Masters

Congratulations 2017 NEA Jazz Masters! The National Endowment for the Arts announced the winners of the prestigious Jazz Masters award — the nation's highest honor in jazz. The award recognizes the lifetime achievements and contributions of five individuals each year.

I'm extra pleased that my friend Dick Hyman is being honored — a perfect way to celebrate his 90th birthday next year!

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Getting it done

The only way to get a thing done is to start to do it, then keep on doing it, and finally you'll finish it, even if in the beginning you think you can't do it at all.
—Langston Hughes