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Tina May


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Tina May (b. 1961) is an English singer, specialising in jazz.

May was born on 30th March 1961 in Gloucester, lived in Frampton-on-Severn when she was young, and attended Stroud High School. She read French at University College, Cardiff, and took vocal studies with Eilleen Price in the music department, almost immediately teaming up with other musicians to form small bands. She joined the Welsh Jazz Society run by Jed Williams, and began listening to a wide range of jazz at local clubs. In the year abroad that was part of her degree she studied in Paris and began her apprenticeship in jazz when she happened to met up with some aspiring young music students, who invited her to have a jam with them. These musicians were Pascal Gaubert and Patrick Villanueva, who recorded with May on her Live in Paris album nearly twenty years later.

She started her career as a trained actress, and a founder member of the Back Door Theatre Company. She later turned to a singing career, performing in a number of musical styles, from baroque to jazz, the latter being her main style. She has performed and recorded with Thad Kelly (bass), Dylan Fowler (guitar), Clark Tracey (drums, and her ex-husband), Tony Coe (saxophones), and Brian Dee and Nikki Iles (piano).

See also Ray Guntrip and Tina May .

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