For the last nine years Claire has dedicated herself to performing at weddings, private functions and her weekly residencies locally around the Bournemouth area with Sharp 9 and as a solo act. She has over 27 years of experience in live performance. In November 2016 Claire won the Dorset Wedding Supplier Award for live entertainment. She grew up listening to jazz and went to her first concert aged 6, although not taking up the saxophone until age 11. At 15 she attended a jazz summer school in London and over the following year participated in a number of music therapy workshops in London. After studying at Poole College and subsequently Chichester College for Arts, has been playing in bands locally since then. Claire has performed at hundreds of weddings, restaurant residencies, in orchestras for musicals and has played alongside many D.J sets including two after show parties for the Cirque du Soleil in Manchester and Birmingham. Some previous clients include: The Royal Navy, British Telecom, AFC Bournemouth, Habitat UK, Lloyds Bank, Bournemouth Tourism Awards and Martin & Co. She also has experience playing abroad in Koh Samui, Thailand, Taiwan and Europe.
Ben has been playing guitar for 26 years. Showing an early interest, he began private tuition at 8 years old. At music college he met like minded people and began to work in bands. An interest in jazz followed and he formed a band that enjoyed gigging on the local scene. Today, he can be found playing in bars, pubs and restaurants or for private functions around Bournemouth and surrounding areas as part of Sharp 9 Duo, a trio, a larger funk based band or by himself as a solo artist. Having gained valuable experience in various different settings such as weddings, private parties, large corporate events and his teaching work he can often be called upon to session with different bands. He is also a consultant guitar teacher at Absolute Music in Poole, Dorset.