Lana-May is an accomplished clarinettist, violinist, saxophonist, bandleader and musical arranger born and raised in London, England.
Influenced by her love of golden-era jazz from the early 20th Century and her classic vintage style, Lana specialises in swing, blues and hot jazz clarinet. She combines her musical expertise and flair as an entertainer with a vintage aesthetic for an immersive, authentic jazz experience.
In 2019, Lana performed at venues and events such as The Crazy Coqs, Pizza Express Holborn, Victorious Festival, The Goodwood Revival and Toulouse Lautrec.
Having loved music and the arts for as long as she can remember, Lana always knew growing up that her life would revolve around creativity, playing music and performance. In 2011, she began her career as a professional musician in the Royal Marines Band Service. Classically trained to the highest standard on both clarinet and violin, she became a highly competent instrumentalist and performer. Having served for almost 9 years, Lana has performed at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and high profile events, such as the Royal Albert Hall, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Horseguard’s Parade, Buckingham Palace and The Royal Festival of Remembrance. She also performed at several events abroad, such as the International Fleet Review in Auckland, New Zealand, the 100th anniversary parade of The Battle of Coronel and The Falkland Islands in both the Falklands and Ascension Islands, and the Eksjö Military Tattoo in Sweden. During her time in The Band of HM Royal Marines Lana has completed a B(Mus)Hons in Music Performance with the University of Plymouth, and is currently studying a Certificate in Education at the University of Portsmouth.
However, as accomplished a classical instrumentalist as she had become, Lana was missing something musically – and that something was Jazz! Once Lana heard Artie Shaw whilst studying the clarinet she fell in love, and she has been in love ever since.
In February 2018, she began the transition from classical to jazz. Lana got her first gig in a pub in Old Portsmouth as one half of the gypsy jazz duo ‘Hodge Club de Pompé’, which quickly became a weekly residency. It was there that she developed a real sense of her unique style, direction and fine tuned her musical language.
She now regularly performs alongside UK jazz singer Amy Baker as part of her band ‘The Swing Beats’, as well as the recently formed and wholly impressive all-female swing band ‘The Rhythm Sisters’.
Lana is currently in the process of putting together a show with a quartet, playing the standards and dedicated to the clarinet works of one of her biggest inspirations – Sidney Bechet.