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Nina Clark – Maidstone Fringe Magazine

Nina Clark

Nina Clark is a musical activist, minstrel and singer-songwriter. ALPHA is her third studio album, and a creative landmark in her career, being the first musical recipient of the Arts Council’s ‘DYCP’ fund in UK’s South East. Her first album was recorded in Chicago, an extraordinary experience which gave her the confidence to self-produce her second album.

A seasoned performer, Nina’s live sets are designed to be fun and uplifting, with John Fordham of The Guardian citing “..cool, lyrical originals..”. Her musical activism is founded on a belief that music should be available to all, a mission which led her to start www.musicalwalkabout.com a minstrel project for people facing social isolation.

Nina’s work has been performed by Grammy Award Winner Kurt Elling, and has performed in the UK, Dubai, Germany, New Zealand and the US. Her musical association with Sam Dunn and Jules Jackson spans many years, and Steve Hanley’s addition to the Alpha Band is the missing piece of the puzzle.

Sam Dunn, a world-class jazz guitarist, is a regular on Ronnie Scott’s roster, and Grammy Nominee Judy Carmichael’s favourite accompanist. Dunn has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and toured the world playing music.

Jules Jackson is a multi-instrumentalist – at home on bass, drums, keys and more – accomplished recording engineer, and Professor of Jazz Bass at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Jackson has worked with many musical luminaries, including Jamie Cullum, Lianne Carrol and Guy Barker.

Steve Hanley, an up and coming drummer with a passion for experimenting in all styles of music. Hanley also plays with Sam Dunn in their trio, Perpetual Motion Machine.

Nina Clark’s ALPHA album is a passion piece; averse to categorisation, it springs from Pop to Jazz to Soul to Folk with ease, always anchored by Clark’s soaring vocals. ALPHA also features the talents of UK’s leading saxophonist Paul Booth (of Steve Winwood band) on its title track and was mastered by the legendary Jon Astley, mastering engineer for The Who, Led Zeppelin, Sting and Tori Amos.