Jazz Band Performance Features Renowned Guest Artist Jeff Clayton


Jazz Band Performance Features Renowned Guest Artist Jeff Clayton
Jazz musician Jeff Clayton will join the Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band in a special performance on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

Renowned jazz musician Jeff Clayton will join the Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band in a special performance directed by Assistant Professor Dave Kopplin on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

Clayton is a leading figure in contemporary music. He studied music at Cal State Northridge, but left his formal studies when he joined Stevie Wonder on the road. That experience began Clayton's career as a touring musician as well as a studio musician. In addition to Stevie Wonder, he also recorded albums with Gladys Knight, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle and Earth, Wind and Fire just to name a few.

Clayton moved toward jazz over the years. As a sideman he worked for such musical titans as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne and a short stint with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Today, Clayton spends considerable time in the popular big band the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, working with his bassist/arranger brother John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton. The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra was named the resident jazz orchestra for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1999, and the orchestra is the host ensemble for the summer jazz series at the Hollywood Bowl.

Dave Caffey, associate dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences, will conduct three of his own compositions. Caffey is an internationally-known composer for jazz orchestra and current president of the International Association for Jazz Education.

Tickets are $7. For more information or reservations, call (909) 869-3554. Tickets also can be reserved at www.class.cpp.edu/mu/emailticketrequest.html.