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Jay Clayton

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: October 28, 1941    

Jay has gained worldwide attention as both performer and teacher. She has appeared at major venues including Lincoln Center, Sweet Basil, Town Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz Alley, and the North Sea and Montmartre Festivals. She has taught at Universitat fur Musik in Austria, Bud Shank Jazz Workshop, and at City College and the New School in New York City. She has co-taught with Sheila Jordan at the Vermont Jazz Workshop, Jazz in July in Mass., Banff Center in Canada and was on the jazz faculty of Cornish College of the Arts for 20 years.

Her book, Sing Your Story: a Practical Guide for Learning and Teaching the Art of Jazz Singing, was published by Advance Music in 2001....
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    Harry Who? (A Tribute To Harry Warren)

    Sunnyside
    2013
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    In And Out Of Love

    Sunnyside Records
    2010
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    The Peace of Wild Things

    Sunnyside Records
    2009
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    The Peace Of Wild Things - Singing And Saving The Poets

    Sunnyside
    2008
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    All Out


    2006
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    All-Out

    Sunnyside
    2005
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    Sound Songs & Point Of View

    JMT Productions
    2002
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Featured recording “In and Out of Love”

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In and Out of Love

Sunnyside Records (2010)

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”Clayton is an important singer…one who proposed dramatic changes in vocal styles and roles... her musicianship is impeccable.” --Francis Davis, Downbeat

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

“More than 20 years after her debut recording All Out, Clayton is still the most adventurous singer in jazz, a specialist in wordless improvisation who’s also expert in distending and finding new meanings in the melodies and lyrics of classic popular songs.” --Francis Davis, The Village Voice, July 14, 2004

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