BACKSTORY

More fun! Bruce Forman, John Clayton, and Jeff Hamilton reunite to record their mentor’s original instruments from the iconic recording sessions!

-JC

(from Bruce):

Barney Kessel meant a lot to me. …

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John Clayton Arranger

Whitney Houston’s Star Spangled Banner Notes from the arranger–Me Thank you, Friends. I mean that. I’ve been hearing about the groundswell of supportive comments, acknowledging my work and uplifting me. It’s time that I chime in and share with you some background re how the SSB arrangement came to be.

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Al Schmitt is on my mind. What a truly AMAZING man and engineer he was. I know–“amazing” gets used too often. Al, though, was amazing. I have been reflecting on …

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Essie Justice Group harnesses the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones to empower women and end mass incarceration. We are building a loving and powerful network to equip …

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Berklee was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music.

For more than half …

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ArtistShare, founded in 2001 as the Internet’s first “crowdfunding” platform, connects artists with fans in order to  share the excitement and beauty of the creative process, document the work of …

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The International Society of Bassists was founded by the world-renowned virtuoso Gary Karr in 1967. With nearly 3,000 members in over 40 countries, the ISB publishes a triannual magazine, Bass …

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The California Jazz Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit organization created to aid and assist California jazz musicians in financial or medical crisis. Established in 2006, the Foundation was formed to …

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The Jazz Education Network is a global non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in the United States of America that seeks to advance jazz education, promote performance and develop new audiences. JEN …

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