John and Jeff Clayton of the infamous Clayton Brothers sent me a brand new, hot-off-the-presses CD called, “The New Song and Dance,” which is receiving rave reviews. As I open the package and play the CD here in Studio G at the Mohn Broadcast Center, I am not disappointed. The brothers are cookin’ again and have done an incredible job on the album.
Their Grammy© nominated quintet, The Clayton Brothers, was originally founded in 1977, and while their paths would sometimes diverge, the brothers continued to share a common musical vision that would draw them back together. The brothers place a strong emphasis on sharing what it is they know and are dedicated jazz educators who travel extensively to participate in workshops and music clinics around the world.
Currently, the quintet consists of John's son, Gerald Clayton on piano (also Grammy© nominated for his 2009 CD "Two Shade") and Obed Calvaire on drums. Terell Stafford, a highly regarded trumpeter and band leader in his own right, is also a member of the quintet. For more information on the Clayton Brothers, http://www.johnclaytonjazz.com.
The cut that landed on the 89.3 KPCC underwriting spot is “Chicago Bop Steppin.” The liner notes say the tune was inspired by the band’s manager, Gail Boyd. She loves to extol the virtues of the original dance called Chicago bop. Steppin’ is a similar dance and native to areas outside of Chicago. This tune paired up nicely with the underwriting spot for LACMA and the newly opened Resnick Pavilion. The Resnick Pavilion is named in honor of long-time patrons Lynda and Stewart Resnick. Mrs. Resnick, a LACMA trustee since 1992, is currently vice chair of the museum’s Board of Trustees and chair of the Acquisitions Committee. Mr. and Mrs. Resnick are leading arts philanthropists with wide-ranging charitable interests.
The Resnick Pavilion houses a trio of inaugural exhibitions highlighting both the diversity of the museum’s encyclopedic collection and the flexibility of the new building. Robert Irwin’s Palm Garden installation surrounds the Resnick Pavilion. The palms, some quite rare, come in a wide variety of sizes, colors and shapes. For more information, http://www.LACMA.org.
(Audio is the underwriting spot for LACMA featurning an excerpt of Clayton Brothers' tune,"Chicago Bop Steppin." SCPR voice talent is Alex Cohen.)