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Clayton Brothers Quintet at Dizzy's Club, Coca-Cola

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

San Domenico NY
Tony May's
San Domenico NY

240 Central Park South
(59th St. & Broadway)
New York City, NY 10019


Clayton Brother Quintet
(Clayton Brothers Website)
(Terrell Stafford Website)
(Gerald Clayton Website)

John Clayton, bass
Jeff Clayton, alto saxophone
Terrell Stafford, trumpet
Gerald Clayton, piano
Obed Calvaire, drums

Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator
Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
January 12, 2008

(See a Pre-Jazz at Lincoln Center Dinner at Tony May’s San Domenico NY)
(See more of Marco Losavio's photos of the Clayton Brothers at Dizzy's Club, Coca-Cola

Tonight I was joined at Dizzy’s Club, Coca-Cola, by Marco Losavio, Director,, who happened to be in town on business. This was an opportunity for Marco to see Jazz at Lincoln Center, as his renowned online jazz magazine features so many artists, who appear in this elegant venue. also publishes a selection of my jazz reviews, translated into Italian for bilingual reading.

Tonight’s artists in the Clayton Brothers Quintet were John Clayton on bass, his brother, Jeff Clayton, on alto saxophone, his son, Gerald Clayton, on piano, Terrell Stafford on trumpet, and Obed Calvaire, a Clayton protégée, on drums. Not only did this quintet perform with exceptional quality and versatility, but John and Jeff spoke with warmth and humor to the packed second set audience, relating personal and jazz family anecdotes. The set opened with a blast of brass, featuring Jeff, John, and Gerald, a family affair, in a soaring swing, with Obed coming in for steady percussion. Soon Terrell took a rousing riff, before Gerald interpreted the theme in superb harmony.

In the next piece, Terrell went wild, with each note drawing audience approval, while the piano produced driven keyboard chords. John picked up the theme on bass, and Obed joined in on brushes and sticks for syncopated fantasy. The brass duo, Terrell and Jeff, added sparkling musical clarity in the full quintet. Next in the lineup was Kenny Burrell’s “Bass Face”. Terrell muted his trumpet as bass, brushes, and the softest piano combined for a bluesy, melancholy showcase of John Clayton’s extraordinary talent. The music wafted like a distant train with a whispering chug.

An original samba followed, sharp, decisive, and very Rio, with drums, sax, and Terrell hurling musically off the scale. This lightning round merged into Gerald’s steady keyboard echoes. Gerald delivered a danceable riff, and the samba was a huge success. Next, Gerald was invited to play his piano composition, “Sunny Day Go”, with John on proud bass, and Obed on soft brushes. Gerald’s melody was lyrical and expansive, with poignancy beyond his years. John Clayton’s “That Night” opened with a piano solo and John taking his bass bow for musical texture.

Jeff Clayton introduced “The Jones Brothers”, his composition for Hank, Thad, and Elvin. Terrell was showcased in a well deserved spotlight, as he’s one of the finest trumpet players around, consistently charismatic and powerful. Gerald added a poetic passage, and the set closed with class. Check the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists.

John Clayton on Bass
Courtesy of Marco Losavio

Gerald Clayton on Piano
Courtesy of Marco Losavio

Terrell Stafford, Jeff Clayton, Gerald Clayton
Courtesy of Marco Losavio

John Clayton
Courtesy of Marco Losavio

Dizzy's Club, Coca-Cola Fans
Experience the Clayton Brothers Quintet
Courtesy of Marco Losavio

Obed Calvaire on Drums and John Clayton on Bass
Courtesy of Marco Losavio

John Clayton
Courtesy of Marco Losavio

Gerald Clayton, Obed Calvaire, John Clayton
Courtesy of Marco Losavio

Jeff Clayton Takes a Bow
Courtesy of Marco Losavio

Jeff Clayton, Gerald Clayton, John Clayton At Leisure
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

Wycliffe Gordon, Dizzy's Audience Guest
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

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