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      March 7, 2015

      Saturday   8:00 PM

      12383 Cedar Road
      Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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      JOHN CLAYTON / GERALD CLAYTON DUO

      JOHN CLAYTON / GERALD CLAYTON DUO
      $20.00
      Saturday 3/07
      8:00 pm Sold Out

      All-Star Father Son Duo hit the stage at Nighttown!  Featuring: John Clayton-acoustic bass & Gerald Clayton-piano.

      John Clayton is a natural born multitasker -composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and yes, extraordinary bassist. With a Grammy on his shelf and eight additional nominations, artists such as Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, and Charles Aznavour vie for a spot on his crowded calendar.

      In 1969, at the age of 16, he enrolled in bassist Ray Brown's jazz class at UCLA, beginning a close relationship that lasted more than three decades. After graduating from Indiana University's School of Music in 1975, he toured with the Monty Alexander Trio (1975-77), the Count Basie Orchestra (1977-79), and settled in as principal bassist with the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam, Netherlands (1980-85).

      In 1985 he returned to California, co-founded the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra in 1986, rekindled the The Clayton Brothers quintet. In 1988 he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

      Career highlights include arranging the 'Star Spangled Banner" for Whitney Houston's performance at Super Bowl 1990 (the recording went platinum), playing bass on Paul McCartney's CD "Kisses On The Bottom," arranging and playing bass with Yo-Yo Ma and Friends on "Songs of Joy and Peace, and numerous recordings with Diana Krall, the Clayton Brothers, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz, Orchestra, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and many others.

      In 2013 John launched a new album series titled The John Clayton Parlor Series - a collection of rare duo collaborations with musical friends, released through ArtistShare. The series' first release, Parlor Series Vol. 1 Featuring Gerald Clayton, is available now.

      Gerald Clayton
      Over the course of eight years, with three albums as a leader and countless worldwide performances, pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists.

      Clayton took his first piano lessons before age seven. Music was a central part of his life from as long as he can remember and it became a lifetime commitment very early on.  Clayton attended the L.A. County High School for the Arts and then enrolled at the USC Thornton School of Music..

      In 2006, Gerald received the second place prize in the prestigious Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition.  Around that time, he was introduced to trumpeter Roy Hargrove. The association resulted in three years of extensive touring with Hargrove between 2006 and 2009. Gerald also appeared on recordings by several other artists, such as Diana Krall, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kendrick Scott, Melissa Morgan, Terell Stafford & Dick Oatts, Dayna Stephens, Terri Lyne Carrington, and the Clayton Brothers Quintet.

      In 2009, he released Two Shade, his debut album. Gerald received a 2010 Grammy nomination in the category of ‘Best Improvised Jazz Solo’ for his rendition of Cole Porter’s “All of You.”

      In 2011, Gerald received a second Grammy nomination, this time for ‘Best Jazz Instrumental Composition’, for his piece “Battle Circle” featured on the Clayton Brothers recording, The New Song and Dance.

      http://www.johnclaytonjazz.com/

      http://geraldclayton.com/

      In conjunction with Tri-C Jazz Fest.  Join us for a Master Class earlier in the day at 1PM

       

      From the Studio: Tommy LiPuma and John Clayton
      Saturday, March 7, 2015
      1pm
      Mainstage Theatre, Metropolitan Campus
      Free and open to the public

      Producer Tommy LiPuma and John Clayton reminisce and play music from their recording projects with Diana Krall, Dr. John, Jimmy Scott and more.  John and Gerald Clayton will provide a masterclass with students from Tri-C and Oberlin College

      http://www.tri-c.edu/jazzfest/



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