Jay Clayton

Saturday, October 17, 1987. 9:00 pm

Inventive and original vocalist is showing her work with drummer Jerry Granelli and Denney Goodhew.


Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator, whose work boldly spans the terrain between jazz and new music. Clayton’s pioneering vocal explorations placed her at the forefront of the free jazz movement and loft scene in the 1970s, where she counted among the first singers to incorporate poetry and electronics into her improvisations. She formed a long-term association with renowned minimalist composer Steve Reich.

Jerry Granelli is one of the most widely recognized and highly regarded musicians in Nova Scotia. He is a supportive community leader and mentor for musicians and artists of all ages and backgrounds. Jerry was instrumental in the establishment of the Halifax Jazz Festival (formally the Atlantic Jazz Festival),  which over the past 30 years has evolved to become a Signature Event in Halifax and the largest music festival in the Maritimes. Jerry is also a founder and longstanding creative director of the Creative Music Workshop, an intensive summer program that has been a flagship education program of the Halifax Jazz Festival for the past 21 years. With a career that spans 60 years, Jerry has had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Charlie Heyden, Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Sly Stone, Ornette Coleman and Vince Guaraldi. Jerry has recorded over 30 albums. His prolific and genre-crossing music has been recognized by institutions such as the Junos, The Grammy Awards, the National Library of Congress Sound Archives, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He continues to have a profound influence in the cultural community in Nova Scotia and beyond.

Multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, and educator Denney Goodhew has traveled the globe teaching, performing, and recording.  He has performed and/or recorded (over 50 CDs) with Charlie Haden, Gary Peacock, Buster Williams, Dave Holland, Marc Johnson, Jimmy Garrison, Ralph Towner, Oregon, Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Albert King, Robert Cray, Ernestine Anderson, Johnny Mathis, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, Buddy Miles, The Dells, Bill Frisell, Gil Evans, Jack DeJohnette, Adam Nussbaum, Ed Blackwell, Andrew Cyrille, Mike Clark, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Art Lande, The Reputations, Composer’s and Improviser’s Orchestra, the International Creative Music Orchestra, First Avenue, the New York Composers Orchestra West, John Cage and Soundgarden (among others), playing in Japan, Poland, Norway, Germany, Israel, Canada and Taiwan.