Fresh off his work with the NEXT Collective, pianist Gerald Clayton is due to release his debut album on the Concord Jazz label next week titled Life Forum. The album which includes bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown will add saxophonists Logan Richardson & Dayna Stephens and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire to the mix along with vocalists Gretchen Parlato & Sachal Vasandani as well as poet Carl Hancock Rux. This is a big step forward for Clayton whose previous two albums were trio albums. It'll be interesting to see where he goes with a more fleshed out sound this time around. Check out the video breaking down the album after the jump and keep your eyes peeled for Life Forum on April 2 (when it drops on Amazon).
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The 2011 Litchfield Jazz Festival is going down August 5th, 6th, and 7th at the Kent School, in Kent, Connecticut. Make sure to check it out if you’re in the area. This year, the festival is offering a $10 student discounts on all tickets (ranging from $22 1-day Lawn Passes to $350 3-day VIP Passes) for those 25 or younger with a valid student ID.
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For the past few of days, I’ve been trying to figure out if I wanted to write a “review” of the Atlanta Jazz Festival or not. After deep contemplation, I realized that there aren’t really words to describe what took place there. All I can really tell you is that Sean Jones celebrated his birthday with an absolutely killing set; the Ninety Miles Project (of Stefon Harris, David Sanchez, and Christian Scott) closed the festival with their unofficial listening party, and Gerald Clayton, well, is Gerald Clayton (what more can I say?). I can’t talk about this year’s jazz festival without talking about the great young talent presented by local high school and community jazz bands. There was a middle school cat on tenor sax that could chop off a few heads already. Did I mention Christian McBride was featured with Baltimore’s own Warren Wolf’s group on electric bass?! Yeah, I know, you’re kicking yourself profusely right about now for not going. If I was on the other side of the computer, I’d kick you, too, but since I’m not, I’ll add insult to injury and give you guys a slight taste of what I was able to experience Memorial Day weekend. Maybe next year you’ll wise up.
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You're probably aware that we're streaming Gerald Clayton's new album, Bond: The Paris Sessions all week. In addition, here's a really cool behind the scenes video that was made by Emarcy. The album was officially released today, so go buy your copy!
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We here at Nextbop feel your pain. It’s the day after Cinco de Mayo (who put it on a Thursday anyway?) and many of you are deciding how to keep functioning while preparing to keep the party going this weekend. So while you are trying to cover the smell of cheap tequila and limes as you figure out the best way too look busy all day, may we suggest you occupy your time with the full stream of Gerald Clayton’s Bond: The Paris Sessions.