CELEBRATED UK JAZZ DUO CLAIRE MARTIN AND
RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT BRING “WITCHCRAFT”
TO THE OAK ROOM MAY 26TH THROUGH JUNE 6TH

Acclaimed award-winning British singer Claire Martin and Oscar-nominated composer and pianist Richard Rodney Bennett join forces for a fortnight of relaxed cabaret-style jazz inspired by Broadway composer Cy Coleman, whose music forms the linchpin of their new show, Witchcraft. From May 26th through June 6th, Claire and Richard will offer such Coleman songs as “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “With Every Breath I Take,” “I’m Going to Laugh You Right Out of My Life, ” “On Second Thought” and “When in Rome,” as well as standards by the likes of Gershwin and Arlen.

Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11:00 pm. The cover charge per person is $40 weeknights and late weekend shows and $50 early weekend shows, plus either a $30 minimum or $50 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: (212) 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

Claire Martin has been hailed as “the most exciting jazz star to soar to my attention in a decade” by Rex Reed in The New York Observer. Her first CD, The Waiting Game, was named The Times’ Album of the Year in 1992. Twelve albums later, Claire finds herself at the pinnacle of the international jazz world, and the Oak Room welcomes her return two years after her 2007 auspicious New York debut.

Equally at ease in the worlds of jazz, film and classical music, Richard Rodney Bennett’s list of credits includes Oscar-nominated scores for such films as Murder on the Orient Express and Four Weddings and a Funeral and more than two hundred works for such organizations as the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. As a jazz performer he has collaborated with Cleo Laine, Annie Ross and Marion Montgomery. He was knighted in 1998 for his services to music.