Carole Clegg

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b. 19 May 1946, Stanley, County Durham, England. After studying music formally, Clegg sang with various local bands, including the Phoenix Jazz Band and the Savoy Jazzmen, in which played saxophonist…
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b. 19 May 1946, Stanley, County Durham, England. After studying music formally, Clegg sang with various local bands, including the Phoenix Jazz Band and the Savoy Jazzmen, in which played saxophonist and clarinettist Eric Clegg whom she married. In 1992, together with her husband and two friends, bass player Ian Heslop and keyboard player Chris Welsh, she formed the group Speakeasy. With an eclectic repertoire that draws from jazz and blues sources as well as original material composed by band members, Speakeasy has appeared in clubs and at festivals, mainly in the UK. Particularly popular have been their gospel concerts. Clegg has also appeared with John Barnes, Pat Halcox, Humphrey Lyttelton, and Roy Williams. A regular collaborator and enthusiastic supporter of Clegg and Speakeasy is Digby Fairweather, who has also recorded with the group. Having developed a widening audience from their base in north-east England, by the early 00s Clegg and her group were also making successful forays into the international arena through visits to Europe.