Vocalist. Educator. Arts Advocate.
Clairdee's silky, soulful voice and scene-stealing charisma refreshes the American Songbook with state of the art arrangements that are equally smart and entertaining.
"My mission is to engage, uplift and build community through music,
creating a narrative that inspires beyond the stage." —Clairdee
Heralded for her inventive artistry and magnetic stage presence, Clairdee's lustrous voice and expressive delivery hearken back to a time when jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues often blended seamlessly together. Combining scene-stealing charisma with heartfelt humility and a sincere belief in the transformative power of music, she presents a repertoire of American Standards and blues set to state of the art arrangements that are equally smart and entertaining.
"In the tradition of all great vocalists, Clairdee infuses her own unique style while always remaining true to the song itself." —Nancy Wilson
"I've had an opportunity to perform several times with the remarkable Clairdee. She is a wonderful, swinging singer with whom I look forward to getting together with again and again." —Dick Hyman
"Clairdee's skillful vocals and engaging stage presence charmed our multi-nation, multi-cultural audience. The sales of her recording Music Moves was the #1 selling CD among independent artists at MJF."
—Tim Jackson, GM, Monterey Jazz Festival
"Sumptuous, elegantly restrained."
—The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland)
"Generous spirit and unpretentious sincerity."
"Imagination and originality."
"A multidimensional and versatile talent."
"Among the most skilled, appealing singers. Fine songs, beautiful voice, great moves."
—San Francisco Examiner
"Clairdee is the real thing. A beautiful voice, an exceptional artist."
"A world class talent with the exceptional ability to wow an audience."
—Colorado Magazine Online
"This kind of cleverness is a rare find on any modern collection of vocal interpretations."
—All Music Guide
Clairdee's soulfully alluring vocal style has been featured in concert halls, festivals and nightclubs from Monterey, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Bangkok, Toronto, Paris, Moscow, and St. Petersburg Russia — to New York, New Hampshire, San Francisco and points in between. In addition to leading her world-class touring band, Clairdee has performed with some of America's legendary jazz artists including Dick Hyman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Houston Person, Cyrus Chestnut, Ken Peplowski, and Nancy Wilson. And with her impressive ability and ease in singing a variety of musical genres, Clairdee concertizes with pops symphony orchestras and big bands and has opened for artists as diverse as David Sanborn, Johnny Mathis, and the late great Etta James.
"Clairdee's performances here in Scotland were so well received that foremost promoters in Scotland have clamoured for her return as have the audiences." —George Duncan, Board Member Scottish National Jazz Orchestra; Venue Manager, Queen's Hall,
Clairdee's stylistically encompassing approach — which includes arranging and producing — is beautifully documented on her third album, Music Moves, recorded live in concert at the famed Yoshi's night club in Oakland, CA. Her knack for pairing songs that enhance each other is perfectly embodied in a mashup of the Joe Williams / Count Basie hit "All Right, Okay, You Win" with the lean instrumental funk of Les McCann and Eddie Harris' "Cold Duck Time." It's a fascinating counterpoint to her first release, Destination Moon, a luminous collection of beloved standards, such as "Star Eyes," and "Time After Time."
"Ms. Clairdee performed as special guest with our 18-piece Togliatti Philharmonic Society Jazz Orchestra with a sold-out concert (650 seats). She is a pleasure to work with in every activity and we look forward to her return." — Lidia Semenova, Director, Togliatti Philharmonic Society, Russian Federation
Sir Roland Hanna
Count Basie Orchestra
Wess 'Warm Daddy' Anderson
Hilton Head Symphony Pops
Santa Rosa Symphony Pops
Walla Walla Symphony, WA
Siletz Bay Music Fest Orchestra
Novosibirsk Symphony (Russia)
Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
Capital Jazz Orchestra
"Clairdee is a joy to work with, not only because of her many talents, but also her absolute professional conduct, flexibility, creativity and the genuine care she demonstrates in ensuring everything is of the utmost quality." — Rebeca Mauleón, Director of Education, SFJAZZ
"Clairdee distinguishes herself through her standards of excellence. She knows how to connect with students and keep them engaged." — Ronald Gallman, Director of Youth Orchestra and Education Programs,
San Francisco Symphony
Clairdee is a passionate advocate for music education sharing the joy of music with audiences, aspiring professionals, and children alike. She is currently part-time collegiate professor of Jazz Voice in The Roots, Jazz, and American Music (RJAM) program at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a mentor and Artist Advisory Committee member of the Bay Area-based nonprofit Jazz in the Neighborhood. Clairdee is a former vocal jazz instructor at UC Berkeley's Jazz Department and Diablo Valley College, and a veteran teaching artist with San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music children's program.
"The ease with which Clairdee engages audiences of all ages is remarkable. Not only does she share her passion and knowledge freely and in an accessible manner, but she also backs it up with a truly divine voice and superb musicianship." — Leah Wilson-Velasco, CEO,
Walla Walla Symphony