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Brooklyn 2000

Jay Clayton

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On this Sunnyside release, veteran vocalist Jay Clayton is joined by a longtime collaborator, drummer Jerry Granelli, as well as pianist George Cables, bassist Anthony Cox, and alto saxophonist Gary Bartz. The roster makes Clayton's modernist goals clear. Her voice is conventionally pleasant enough to deliver on chestnuts like "Young and Foolish" and "I Wish I Knew" (the former a duet with Cables). But the creative breadth of her instrument is best heard on Don Thompson's stormy "Lament for John Coltrane," as well as two avant-garde pieces inspired by the poetry of e.e. cummings, "Raga/Let It Go" and "Three Free/Random Mondays." ~ David R. Adler, Rovi

Biography

Born: 28 October 1941 in Youngstown, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Jay Clayton is both a very significant singer in the jazz avant-garde and a highly influential educator. Clayton learned standards very early from hearing her mother sing around their house. She took private piano lessons from a young age and studied at the St. Louis Institute for Music for a short time. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 1963 with a degree in Music Education. Although she studied classical music at school, Clayton sang jazz on the weekends at local clubs. After...
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