b. 31 August 1971, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. Eager from early childhood to perform, Hazel first sang in a local gospel choir. Later, he was lead singer with a six-piece jazz band, Young Fantasy. Influenced by singers Nat ‘King’ Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Cleo Laine, he trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, then went on to headline on the cruise ship, The Sovereign of The Seas. Hazel subsequently enjoyed success in London’s theatreland, including appearing in the West End. Among shows in which he has acted and/or sung are Five Guys Named Moe, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Lion King, The Rat Pack and Grand Hotel. Hazel has performed with many leading musicians from the UK jazz scene, among them pianist/arranger Alastair Gavin, trumpeter Harry Beckett, saxophonist Roland Lacey, bass player Mario Castronari, and drummer Marc Parnell (son of Jack Parnell). An elegant vocal style and a relaxed and attractive stage presence allow Hazel to work comfortably in different genres.