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Grammy-Winner and Industry Great, Bassist John Clayton, is Guest Artist with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in Free Concert on Tuesday, October 19 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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Grammy-winner and industry great, bassist John Clayton, is guest artist with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in an evening of jazz standards, all arranged by Mr. Clayton, on Tuesday, October 19 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The program features: The Jody Grind (by Horace Silver); Squatty Roo (by Johnny Hodges); Bags' Groove (by Milt Jackson); The Eternal Triangle (by Sonny Stitt); Heart and Soul (by Frank Loesser/Hoagy Carmichael); Evidence (by Thelonious Monk); and Reverence (by John Clayton). Mr. Clayton performs with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and shares the conducting duties with Bob Stewart, conductor of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. Juilliard Jazz program alumnus, Brandon Lee, is assistant conductor of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.

FREE tickets are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Members of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra are Jordan Pettay and Andrew Olson (alto saxophones); Lucas Pino and Morgan Jones (tenor saxophones); Anthony Lustig (baritone saxophone); Joseph Boga, Gabriel Medd, Kyle Athayde, and Riley Mulherkar (trumpets); Andrew Clausen, Nicholas Finzer, Joseph McDonough, and Javier Nero (trombones); and Graham Keir on guitar; Kristopher Bowers (piano); David Baron (bass); and Reginald Quinerly (drums).

Seven-time Grammy nominated bassist/composer/conductor John Clayton's talents are consistently requested by the movers and shakers in the jazz industry. He is artistic director for the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington and was also appointed artistic director for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in 2006. He served as the artistic director of jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1999 through 2001.

Mr. Clayton has written and arranged music for Diana Krall, DeeDee Bridgewater (including her Grammy award winning CD Dear Ella), Natalie Cole, Milt Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, George Benson, Dr. John, Gladys Knight, Regina Carter, Queen Latifah, and many others. He has been commissioned by many ensembles, including the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the American Jazz Philharmonic, the Iceland Symphony, the Metropole Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the WDR Orchestra, and the Amsterdam Philharmonic.

Mr. Clayton was awarded a platinum record for his arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" performed by Whitney Houston during the Super Bowl in 1990. He has served as musical director of several jazz festivals, including Sarasota Jazz Festival and the Santa Fe Jazz Party. As artistic director of the Vail Jazz Workshop, he participates in choosing talented students from across the nation for an intensive week of jazz.

Mr. Clayton co-leads the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with his brother, saxophonist Jeff Clayton, and drummer Jeff Hamilton and co-leads the Clayton Brothers Quintet. Their latest release is entitled The New Song and Dance (September 2010).

Bob Stewart has been a professional tuba player for more than 42 years. A prominent figure in the redefinition of the tuba's place in jazz, Mr. Stewart has toured and recorded with such jazz giants as Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Lester Bowie, Howard Johnson, and Don Cherry. He has recorded three albums for JMT and Postcard Records, as well as a CD with Ray Anderson and their "Heavy Metal Duo." He is a graduate of Philadelphia College for the Arts.  Mr. Stewart presently is the conductor of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and a faculty member of Juilliard. He also is a distinguished lecturer at Lehman College.

Brandon Lee currently is assistant conductor of the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and the artistic coordinator for Educational Outreach at Juilliard. In fall of 2009, he became the youngest faculty member to join Juilliard. He has since had the opportunity to conduct the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Alice Tully Hall, Snow College in Utah, and in Osaka, Japan. As a professional trumpeter, he plays frequently with his own group and as a sideman with several other groups around the New York area with artists including Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, and Charles Tolliver. Mr. Lee has recorded two albums as a leader, From Within (2007) and Absolute-Lee (2010). He has recorded with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, David Berger Big Band, and Fat Cat Big Band. He is a native of Houston, Texas. In 2001, he was one of the 18 students selected to be part of the inception of the jazz program at Juilliard.

Juilliard Jazz is a WBGO/Jazz 88 Arts Partner.

About Juilliard Jazz

Juilliard Jazz is one of the newest programs of performance education inaugurated by The Juilliard School. Founded in 2001, and now celebrating its 10th year, Juilliard Jazz offers degrees at bachelor, master, and artist diploma levels. The curriculum combines tailored studio and coursework with professional performance opportunities designed to successfully integrate students into a thriving jazz environment. In addition, its faculty and students conduct national and international master classes and clinics.

Today, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and its ensembles play more than 50 performances annually including appearances at the Detroit Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and tour to destinations such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Japan, Spain, and Brazil. The ensembles perform regularly at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and the world-renowned Blue Note in New York City. For the past several seasons they also have enjoyed week-long runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center with guest artists such as Kenny Barron, Lew Tabackin, Gerald Wilson, Bobby Watson, Ernie Andrews, Tom Harrell and Sean Jones.

These talented Juilliard young artists are taught by today's most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians. The experienced Juilliard Jazz faculty combines a remarkable variety of technical and musical skill, as demonstrated on stages and in recording studios worldwide. The faculty ensemble, the Juilliard Jazz Quintet, opened The Juilliard School's concert season in September 2010 to celebrate the beginning of an extraordinary 10th year.

About Carl Allen, Artistic Director of Juilliard Jazz

With more than 175 recordings to his credit, the Milwaukee-born Carl Allen is a New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator whose propulsive percolations have provided soulful and syncopated support for three decades.

Born in 1961, Mr. Allen grew up on gospel, R&B, and funk, but later turned to jazz after hearing an LP by saxophonist Benny Carter. He studied with drum instructor Roy Sneider and band director Robert Siemele. His first hometown gigs were with sax greats Sonny Stitt and James Moody. He studied at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay from 1979 to 1981, and transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey, where he graduated in 1983 with a bachelor of music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance. Mr. Allen joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before his graduation, served as his Musical Director for eight years, and made many recordings with the trumpeter including Double Take and Life Flight.

Mr. Allen also played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Mike Stern, Nellie McKay, Phil Woods, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Henderson, Billy Childs, and many others. Mr. Allen's sideman discography also includes Jackie McLean (Dynasty), Donald Harrison (Indian Blues, Noveau Swing), Donald Byrd (A City Called Heaven), and Art Farmer (The Company I Keep). Piccadilly Square, released in 1989, was Mr. Allen's first CD as leader, followed by The Dark Side of Dewey, The Pursuer, Testimonial, and Get Ready, his 2007 Mack Avenue debut release with bassist Rodney Whitaker. Mr. Allen was again joined by Mr. Whitaker for a recently released second album, Work to Do.

 

JUILLIARD JAZZ - CELEBRATING ITS 10th YEAR

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Tuesday, October 19, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

 

Guest Artist and Conductor: John Clayton, bass

Conductor: Bob Stewart

Assistant Conductor: Brandon Lee

 

Program features jazz standards arranged by Mr. Clayton: The Jody Grind (by Horace Silver); Squatty Roo (by Johnny Hodges); Bags' Groove (by Milt Jackson); The Eternal Triangle (by Sonny Stitt); Heart and Soul (by Frank Loesser/Hoagy Carmichael); Evidence (by Thelonious Monk; and Reverence (by
John Clayton)

  

FREE tickets are available at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.