Surging from London’s bustling underground music scene, singer, songwriter, composer, Ray Estaire has landed on the doorstep of Jazz with her triple octave vocal talent. With a background of Jamaican, Grenadian, and Scottish ancestry, Estaire possesses a deep, rich tone reminiscent of the late Sarah Vaughan. Leading her band with a wise conviction she moves seamlessly between cool ballads, swinging standards, and original songs from her fourth coming EP.
Blessed with a scholarship to study Jazz at the prestigious Guildhall School Of Music & Drama, Ray Estaire is currently mentored by the legendary drummer Trevor Tomkins and Jazz singer Brigitte Beraha. Estaire is also a member of the close harmony group; The Guildhall Jazz Singers (directed by Scott Stroman) and serves as a second tenor. Past projects have allowed Estaire to perform at the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival, support the fabulous Will Young on his 2016 tour and provide tour support for the talented Gabrielle at the 2016 Castle concert’s singing to an audience of 5000 music lovers. Prior to this she sold out the London Jazz Café with song performances taken from her debut EP ‘Talk About It’, which she also promoted at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Ray's voice can also be heard on the fourth coming Emile Sande album and she is quickly becoming the go to session singer recording for clients such as Asahi beer and Maida vale studios to name a few.
Not only is Estaire a rising Jazz singer, but she has also taken the world of theatre by storm selling out the Union Chapel with her cameo in the Kurt Weill musical; Lost In The Stars (Directed by Jean Lacornerie, and conducted by Scott Stroman). Hot on the tail of a fantastic show at the Barbican, Ray also performed at Milton Court Concert Hall singing backing for Liane Carroll and Mike Walker. Recent projects have allowed Ray to sing with James Brady's Big Band at the Historical Mirth Marvel Theatre, famously known for concerts from the likes of John Coltrane and the Beatles. The stand out show; Swing into Christmas, sold out twice and received raving reviews on the London Jazz News blog. This paved the way for a spectacular performance alongside Abby Mordue at the 2018 Love Your Borough Awards ceremony.
Ray Estaire sets her sights high on performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the New York Blue Note club. If her success to date is anything to go by, then her followers are in for a satisfying listening experience to come.