[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE] From: the desk of Jeffrey W. - "a few changes. final.Thank you."
The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum Presents: Mimi Melnick's Double M Jazz Salon -
“BAAAD BASS MONSTERS”
(Culver City, CA ---) On Sunday, November 5th at 2 p.m., The Mayme A. Clayton
Library & Museum, located at 4130 Overland Avenue in Culver City, will present another
of the late Mimi Melnick's Double M Jazz Salons. The much-anticipated concert will
feature, John Clayton’s Baaad Bass Monsters. The string ensemble, directed by John
Clayton, will feature Edwin Livingston, Lyman Medeiros, Gabe Noel, Jonathan Richards,
Katie Thiroux and Mike Gurrola. David Young’s students and special guest, Nashir
Janmohamed, will also perform.
Bassist, arranger, composer, educator and clinician, John Clayton
has garnered the
admiration and respect of his peers, colleagues and fans, alike. There was plenty of
music at home. John’s mother played the piano and organ in church. The family’s proud
tradition continues today with his brother Jeff, an accomplished alto saxophonist. John’s
son Gerald, has emerged as a gifted pianist in his own right. In 1985, John co-founded
the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with Jeff Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton.
John started playing bass at age 16. He attended Indiana University and majored in
music. A pivotal point in John’s early career, occurred when he studied privately with his
mentor, the legendary Ray Brown.
Mr. Clayton served with distinction as the principal bassist for the Amsterdam
Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, John has taught at USC’s Thornton School of
Music. In 1991, the Grammy Award-winning virtuoso, served as the Artistic Director for
the Hollywood Bowl. Always in demand, John produced the Lionel Hampton Jazz
Festival and taught at the prestigious Vail Jazz Workshop in Colorado.
Throughout his prolific career, John has composed and arranged for Monty Alexander,
Hank Jones, Bill Cunliffe, Count Basie, Whitney Houston, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones,
Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Ernestine Anderson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tyrell
Stafford and Paul McCartney.
November 5th also marks the third Mimi Melnick Double M Award for Young Jazz
Talent, given to an extraordinary artist. Mimi’s brother, Richard Clar and the Clar Family,
have established an annual fund for emerging musicians. Each year, other donors have
also come forward to enhance the award, totaling $2,000. Eligible candidates are those
who have made early contributions to the art form and continue to display great promise.
We will present this coveted award at 3:00 p.m.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., John will briefly reflect on his life and career,
in an informal discussion with (J)azz historian Jeffrey Winston. The concert will begin at
2:00 p.m. and conclude at 4:00, with a brief intermission.
In 1996, Jazz Baroness Mimi Melnick launched her first salon at her Encino home on
Strawberry Drive. Mimi loved jazz. She organized the intimate salons to support L.A.'s
jazz community. Producer Steve Isoardi notes, “November will bring to an end, the 21st
year of Mimi’s unique series!”
"We are very proud and extremely honored to carry the torch", said Executive
Director Lloyd Clayton. The MCLM, collects, preserves, exhibits and celebrates,
the vast history and cultural heritage of Americans of African descent.
Performance Portraits, a poignant exhibit by photographer Bob Barry, includes
stunning images of iconic, world-class, artists. It may be viewed before the concert
and during intermission. The exhibit is free.
Seating is limited. Salon tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased online at
https://goo.gl/HbZPiv or call (310) 202-1647.
The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum
4130 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
CONTACT: Steve Isoardi (626) 795-9583
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