Born: January 11, 1977 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Brooklyn based guitarist and composer Clay Ross is carving a unique niche for himself on the international music scene. His passion for music has taken him far from his South Carolina Roots and lead him to embrace influences from around the world. He has toured extensively as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador and as a member of Cyro Baptista’s world renowned percussion ensemble “Beat the Donkey.” With his new group, “Matuto,” Clay mixes the best of bluegrass and baiao for a sound like a carnival in the Appalachian mountains.
After studying classical composition at the College of Charleston, Clay became an integral part of the South Carolina jazz scene. Mixing elements of rock, blues, bluegrass, and funk, his original groups were highly praised in the local press and popular on the regional club circuit. With his bands “Otus,” “Gradual Lean,” and “Mickey Baker Project,” Clay developed his chops and shared the stage with national acts passing through....
“Sly, subtle wit colors his guitar style: playful and humorous but deeply complex.” --Jambands.com
“Clay Ross thinks like a Poet, writes like a Novelist and plays the guitar like a Master.” --Jammed Online
“A solid debut from a talented player and composer. Clay Ross' debut disc reveals a solid jazz player, but even more so a strong songwriter who knows how to lay back and let his session mates shine. --CharlestonJazz.com
The amazing guitarist Clay Ross helps us kick into another notch, learning our repertoire so diligently and contributing with his solid harmonies. --Cyro Baptista