Archive for July 17th, 2014

Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra – The L.A. Treasures Project

Big band music with a few vocal highlights. That’s the essence of The L.A. Treasures Project by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (Capri Records, 2014).

Led by John Clayton, Jeff Clayton and Jeff Hamilton, this ensemble keeps the hits coming. The trumpets are Bijon Watson, Gilbert Castellanos, James Ford, Brian Swartz and Jamie Hovorka. The trombones are Isa Nepus, George Bohanon, Ryan Porter and Maurice Spears. The saxes and woodwinds are Jeff Clayton, Keith Fiddmont, Rickey Woodard, Charles Owens and Lee Callet. The rest of the band are Jeff Hamilton, drums; Tamir Hendelman, piano; Christoph Luty, bass; Graham Dechter, guitar; and John Clayton, bass.

Early in 2013, vocalists Barbara Morrison and Ernie Andrews were asked to sing during a few rehearsals. That led to a September 15th performance at in the showroom of Alvas Music Store in San Pedro, California, with a live audience. Morrison and Andrew lead four songs apiece.

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