Tina
May

“That great rarity, a singer who enhances a song…”
The Observer

“..superb tonal range, elastic phrasing, faultless diction and barrelfuls of individual style.”
The Herald

“Considered as one of the finest jazz vocalist’s the UK has ever produced.”
All Music Guide

“Handles the classics as the gems they still are”
The Guardian

Tina started exploring and developing her jazz sensibilities at University College, Cardiff. She attended vocal studies with Eilleen Price in the music dept. and almost immediately teamed up with other musicians to form small bands.She joined the Welsh Jazz Soc. run by Jed Williams.

Tina was also involved in theatre and especially comedy review- something she felt a great affinity with. She met up with another talented thespian Rory Bremner who was already writing sketches and performing his hilarious monologues and skits on politics. Together Tina and Rory performed ‘You are Eiffel but I like You (!)’ – a review show which they took from Paris to the Edinburgh Fringe re-naming it ‘Midnight Excess’. Tina was singing some amusing jazz songs like ‘I’m hip’ and doing some bi-lingual and ‘franglais’ originals as well as acting alongside Rory.

Tina continued to appear in festivals, broadcast with the BBC Big band and record with her group.

Tina started winning awards as well as friends through her singing. In 1993 she was awarded a silver medal by The Worshipful Company of Musicians. This was the first of its kind to a young musician and she was thrilled to receive it. This also coincided with Tina’s first week at Ronnie Scotts with her own band.

Tina toured Australia with the ‘Fun’ album and also appeared at the award winning Hong Kong Jazz Club

In 1998 Tina was presented with the vocal jazz award at the BT Jazz Awards having topped the critics’ choice for several years prior to that. This was, indeed, a fun event as the award was presented to Tina by her old friend, Rory Bremner.In January 2002 Tina and Nikki Iles performed at the IAJE conference Longbeach, California. They were very happy to receive awards for ‘outstanding services to Jazz Education ‘.