The Clayton Brothers played a set at Durham’s Carolina Theatre as part of the first annual Art of Cool Festival this past Saturday, April 26th. Bassist John and saxophone player Jeff Clayton are the eponymous brothers of the band; they’re joined in the band by John’s son, Gerald Clayton, on piano, Terell Stafford on trumpet, and Obed Calvaire on drums. This band is a powerhouse.
Some time ago, Howard Mandel of the Jazz Journalists Association asked me to speak on a panel online as part of their ongoing Talking Jazz webinar series to speak about Nextbop @ Art of Cool as a new voice in the online jazz landscape alongside Giovanni Russonello of CapitalBop and Danilo Navas of LatinJazzNet. After a month of resolving technical issues (the largest of which was my busted laptop and the intermittent nature that is Clear's internet service), we held the webinar live last Wednesday, April 23. The discussion broached many topics about journalism, the various experiences of running a blog, where the genre is going, and many other issues about the scene (along with a few of my various gripes that I endure in this gig, love it though I do). Check out our hour and a half discussion wherein I code switch often, listen in to the party I'm not at going on outside the room at the time, make various jokes that possibly fall flat, and have a security guard throw me out of said room (everyone else was fun to talk with, too). Watch the talk after the jump.
This episode was put together two weeks ago since I was out last week for the Art of Cool Festival. I took the opportunity to play a few new tracks I had gotten some time ago but hadn't yet had the chance to feature on the show. There's some ecclecticism going on that we'll wander through together.
The Line-Up for 25 April 2014
Canadian-born and Brooklyn-based arranger/composer Darcy James Argue certainly took his dear sweet time to follow-up his fantastic 2009 debut Infernal Machines. When he at last released Brooklyn Babylon last year, that delay made a little more sense. A multi-media experience combining animation, live painting and a new 18-part suite performed by the Secret Society, it featured the scope of a project that seemed four years in the making. It also left some (well, mostly me) worried that after such a massive project, it’d be another half-decade before we heard anything new from the meticulous composer.
José James is releasing a new album, While you were Sleeping, on June 10 (check out "EveryLittleThing" here). Kris Bowers recently released Heroes + Misfits, and plays keys in James' live band. Their respective groups are currently touring in support of Bowers' recent release and James' upcoming release. On April 18, they came through Boston and played at Sculler's. While there, they were taped for the Funk It Blog, where those recordings are now available. Check out a few audio streams after the jump, and head over to the FunkIt blog to hear more.