Clara Green is a Swedish jazz singer, composer and educator based in
Brought up in a musical home, Clara’s interest in music was sparked early through singing with her brother and mother at the piano, and listening and singing along to her father’s old vinyl records. She began performing at an early age, often singing songs written for her by her father. Clara went to a prestigious choir school in Stockholm, Sweden, where she gained classical training and a breadth of musical influences.
After many years of immersion in the strong Swedish choral tradition, Clara found an interest in vocal jazz in her late teens. This discovery then took her to London to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Voice at
Middlesex University, where she studied with many
prominent musicians; including
Nikki Iles and Ian McKenzie.
In addition, Clara Green holds a first class
Master’s degree in Jazz Voice Performance from the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
During her time at the school she studied with
Sara Colman and Brigitte Beraha among others.
In 2014 Clara released EP ‘On The Run’, featuring mainly her own song-writing. The band made up of Ben Bastin on bass, Alex Hunter on guitar and banjo, and Rob Pennel on drums performed the material around London live music venues over the following years.
Clara was a long-term member of the UK’s premier jazz voice ensemble‘The London Vocal Project’ led by Pete Churchill. As a member of the group she performed at various festivals and jazz venues around the UK, and featured as part of the alto section on the 2013 album ‘Mirrors’ with legendary
trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler.
Since its foundation in 2017, Clara has primarily been working with her jazz project
‘The Clara Green Quartet’
featuring some of the UK’s top jazz musicians. The group is formed of Bruno Heinen (Denys Baptiste, Larry Bartley) on piano, Andrea di Biase (Kenny Wheeler, Julian Arguelles) on double bass, and
Riccardo Chiaberta (Paolino dalla Porta, Maria Chiara Argirò) on drums. The band’s soundscape centres around Clara's original compositions, and is completed with innovative arrangements of
Swedish folk music and jazz standards.