Jazz great John Clayton to perform with UNT One O’Clock Lab Band

From the UNT press release:

What: Bassist, composer and conductor John Clayton performs with the University of North Texas jazz faculty members and the One O’Clock Lab Band
When: 8 p.m. March 8 (Thursday)
Where: Murchison Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Hall, located along the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard
Cost: $10/$15
Contact: 940-369-7802 or www.theMPAC.com

DENTON (UNT), Texas ⎯ Grammy-winning bassist, composer and conductor John Clayton will perform with University of North Texas jazz faculty members and the six-time Grammy-nominated UNT One O’Clock Lab Band as part of the 2012 Glenn E. Gomez artist residency.
Clayton will work with students on campus March 4 – 8 (Sunday through Thursday) before a performance at 8 p.m. March 8 (Thursday) in the Murchison Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Hall, located along the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard. Jazz faculty members from UNT’s acclaimed College of Music will join Clayton for the first half of the concert, and the One O’Clock Lab Band will perform with Clayton during the second half. Tickets are $10 to $15 and are available by calling the box office at 940-369-7802 or www.theMPAC.com.
The Gomez endowment allows the UNT College of Music to invite internationally acclaimed jazz artists to the university for a brief residency, establishing relationships between artists and UNT students. Gomez, a graduate of UNT's College of Business Administration, has been a lifelong jazz fan.

About John Clayton
Grammy-winning bassist, composer and conductor John Clayton served as the artistic director of jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1999 through 2001. In addition, he is artistic director for the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, Wash., and was also appointed artistic director for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in 2006. Clayton has written and arranged music for Diana Krall, DeeDee Bridgewater (including her Grammy award-winning CD "Dear Ella"), Natalie Cole, Milt Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, George Benson, Dr. John, Gladys Knight, Regina Carter, Queen Latifah and many others.

He has been commissioned by many ensembles, including the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the American Jazz Philharmonic, the Iceland Symphony, the Metropole Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Big Band, the Richmond Symphony, the WDR Orchestra and the Amsterdam Philharmonic. Clayton was awarded a platinum record for his arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" performed by Whitney Houston during the Super Bowl in 1990. He has won numerous awards such as the Golden Feather Award given to him by the legendary Leonard Feather and the Los Angeles Jazz Society's Composer/Arranger award.

Clayton has served as the musical director of several jazz festivals including the Sarasota Jazz Festival and the Santa Fe Jazz Party. As artistic director of the Vail Jazz Workshop, he participates in choosing talented students from across the nation in an intensive week of learning jazz. Last year, he was also appointed as artistic director for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. Clayton's serious study of the double bass began at age 16 when he studied with famed bassist Ray Brown. At age 19, Clayton was the bassist for Henry Mancini's television series "The Mancini Generation.” Later he completed his studies at Indiana University in 1975, graduating with a bachelor of music degree in double bass. Touring with Monty Alexander and the Count Basie Orchestra followed. He held the principal bass position in the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for more than five years.
The Grammy-nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra is co-led by Clayton; his brother, saxophonist Jeff Clayton; and drummer Jeff Hamilton. Also, John and Jeff Clayton co-lead the Clayton Brothers Quintet, who have been nominated for two Grammy awards.

About the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band
The Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, UNT’s premier jazz ensemble, has performed and toured throughout the world — including Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand and The Netherlands. The UNT One O’Clock Lab Band’s albums have received six Grammy nominations over the years, including two nominations for Lab 2009. The band performs under the direction of Steve Wiest, a Grammy-nominated arranger and associate professor of music.

About the UNT College of Music
The UNT College of Music is the largest and one of the most respected comprehensive music schools in the country. About 1,600 music students attend UNT each year, participating in more than 40 widely varied ensembles and pursuing specialized studies in performance, composition, music education or music scholarship. UNT faculty members and students have made appearances on the world’s finest stages and have produced numerous recordings, many receiving Grammy awards and nominations. Distinguished UNT alumni can be found around the globe, in top music ensembles, opera companies, universities and schools.