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April 14, 2009

Jazz Vocal Great Jay Clayton in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz vocal concerts, Canada

Jay Clayton

New York Jazz Vocal Legend
Jay Clayton In Concert
Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 pm
Centre For Positive Living

Clayton to Perform with Leading Alberta Jazz Musicians

“As far as vocal innovation goes, Jay Clayton is precariously on the cutting edge.”Fred Bouchard, Jazz Times

New York based Jazz Vocalist Jay Clayton appears in concert on Saturday, May 23 at the Centre For Positive Living in Calgary. Jay will be joined by Alberta greats Andrew Glover (piano), Rubim de Toledo (bass) and Sandro Dominelli (drums) for the performance.

Jay Clayton has gained worldwide attention as both performer and educator, her pioneering vocal explorations placing her at the forefront of the free jazz movement and loft scene in the 1970s. During this time Jay gained fame as one of the first singers to incorporate poetry and electronics into her improvisations, performing and recording with Muhal Richard Abrams, John Fischer’s Interface, and Byron Morris’ Unity, and as a long-time member of the minimalist composer Steve Reich’s ensemble. Jay was also one of the first singers to record composer John Cage’s vocal music.

Jay has appeared at prestigious venues such as the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, as well as major festivals including the North Sea and Montmartre. She’s performed/recorded with leading jazz and new music artists including Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Reich, Julian Priester, Stanley Cowell, Kirk Nurock, Gary Bartz, George Cables, Jane Ira Bloom, Jerry Granelli, Urszula Dudziak, Bobby McFerrin, Jeanne Lee, Norma Winstone, and the a cappela group Vocal Summit, among the many.

Jay’s current projects cover both standards and original music, integrating poetry and electronics into her music and reflecting the diversity of her art in a range of formats from duo to sextet.

A sought after educator, Jay has been a faculty member at Universitat fur Musik in Austria, Bud Shank Jazz Workshop, and at New York’s City College and the New School. She has also co-taught with Sheila Jordan at the Vermont Jazz Workshop, Jazz in July in Mass., Banff Center in Canada and the Cornish College of the Arts for 20 years.

A published author, Jay’s book, “Sing Your Story: a Practical Guide for Learning and Teaching the Art of Jazz Singing,” was published by Advance Music in 2001 and is a favourite amongst jazz vocalists and musicians alike. www.jayclayton.com

Tix are $25 online at Jazz Elements Store

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