"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche

It seems the most natural thing in the world, when Fay Claassen brings English and Dutch pop songs, original compositions or standards of the "Great American Songbook" with her touching voice to new life.

When phenomenal improvisation and perfect intonation seem to be a child's play, combined with enormous emotional depth and more than twenty years of musical experience.

Born in Nijmegen, a city in the east of the Netherlands, Fay Claassen began with a ballet and theater training at early age, then switched to the musical subject and presented an impressive career.

With her unmistakable timbre, she is one of the great female voices of European jazz.

Awards:

Fay Claassen’s ninth solo album was awarded with the Dutch Grammy, the "Edison Award" in 2018. Moreover she received for this album the “Edison 2018 Audience Award’’. She has previously received the prestigious German "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik", a „Golden Record Award" and the "Chet Baker Award". These are just a few examples of the many prizes that Fay Claassen has received so far in her impressive career.

Collaborations:

The list of jazz legends with whom Fay Claassen has collaborated since the 1990s reads like the 'Who's Who' of jazz: the legendary Toots Thielemans, the Grammy winning WDR Big Band, the American Fusion Jazz Star Mike Stern, Cuban Latin Jazz Star Paquito D'Rivera, the Metropole Orkest and the most important arrangers of the orchestral Jazz: Bob Brookmeyer, Vince Mendoza and Michael Abene.

Featured on

Fay Live (2LP | 8CD sleeve)
Fay Claassen
Dutch Songbook
Fay Claassen
Luck Child
Fay Claassen
Live at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Fay Claassen & Trio Peter Beets
Sing!
Fay Claassen
The Shakespeare Album
Ilja Reijngoud, Fay Claassen, Martijn van Iterson, Marius Beets, Marcel Serierse, Paul Heller
Standards and other pieces
Jan Verwey meets Bert van den Brink
Red, Hot & Blue
Fay Claassen
Two Portraits of Chet Baker
Fay Claassen
Specially arranged for Fay
Fay Claassen
Two Portraits of Chet Baker Vol. 1
Fay Claassen
Two Portraits of Chet Baker Vol. 2
Fay Claassen
In Exile of Dreams
Ivan Paduart Quartet
A Night at the Music Village
Ivan Paduart
Faces of China
Tony Overwater
Both sides
Loet van der Lee Quartet

Videos

Fay Claassen & Combo - The Touch Of Your Lips
Fay Claassen - Too Darn Hot
Fay Claassen - Anything Goes
Fay Claassen - The making of Red, Hot & Blue
Fay Claassen Interview
Fay Claassen, Thuisband - If I ever loose my faith
Fay Claassen - the making of - SING!
Fay Claassen - 23 september 2010 - DWDD - Voor aanvang (extra opname)
Fay Claassen - 23 september 2010 De Minuut - DWDD
Fay Claassen - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby