Claire is a Berklee College of Music graduate and has studied with legends Joe Viola, John LaPorta, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, and more. She has been teaching privately in New York City since 1986 as well as numerous clinics, workshops, residencies:

A few examples


“Claire Daly is a first-rate musician and educator who brings her soulfulness and thoughtfulness to all that she does. Super insightful, open, warm; she’s the kind of guest artist who leaves something behind for everyone to think about and work on. It was a great pleasure and honor having her at MIT”

Fred Harris, Director, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble


“…A veteran artist who has been instrumental in inspiring young women to become part of, and contribute to the future of our jazz community.”

Felipe Salles, UMass, Amherst


“ We have had the privilege of having Claire on our faculty at Litchfield Jazz Camp for over two decades.  In a teaching staff of stellar artists all these years, she has been a standout —committed, exciting, motivating, compassionate.  Everything you could want in a teacher and more. As an example of what a player should be, you could not ask for more.”

Vita Muir, Director and Creator of the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Festival