John Clayton Jazz


November 6, 19:30PM

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Large parts of the country have already experienced the high musical level and intensity when legendary American big band leader and jazz bassist John Clayton stands in front of the Nordkraft Big Band! They are moving out of the country for the last time after a 2.5-year collaboration.

“It has been a great journey and development for the big band to collaborate with Clayton over the past few years. He is an incredibly kind and accommodating person and an incredibly talented musician and big band leader. He knows exactly what he wants and for every visit he has pushed the boundaries of big band and musicians even more ”, says Peter Lund Paulsen, manager of Nordkraft Big Band and continues: “ We played at Taastrup Theater in the spring of 2017, when we first visited Clayton, and we look forward to coming back and show what happened in the meantime! ”

We promise once again a blast of a concert, with one of the greatest living jazz musicians on the international jazz scene.

The repertoire will mainly consist of Clayton’s own big band events, drawing on his time in Count Basies big band, as well as with clear inspiration for the legendary colors and soundscapes of Duke Ellington, Thad Jones and Bob Brookmeyer. It’s all spiced up with interesting features from the big band’s musicians and from Clayton himself.

Nordkraft Big Band is among others. supported by the Spar Nord Foundation, the Municipality of Aalborg and the National Art Fund.

Clayton is affiliated with the Nordkraft Big Band as artistic director in 2018 and 2019. For many he is completely unknown, but in music circles he is a big name! Clayton is well known, among other things, for his long-standing collaboration with Canadian pianist and singer Diana Krall, but with a Grammy on the shelf and eight more nominations, many other great artists are also fighting for a spot in his tightly packed calendar. In addition to the role of bassist, Clayton is also the leader of one of the best big bands in the United States, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, along with, among others. drum legend Jeff Hamilton and brother Jeff Clayton on saxophone.
Clayton has worked with Diana Krall, Oscar Peterson Trio, Paul McCartney, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Count Basie Orchestra, Queen Latifah, Charles Aznavour, Whitney Houston, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and many others.

In 2018, they released the record Nordkraft Plays Mintzer – a live concert from the Music House in Aalborg with American star saxophonist Bob Mintzer – a record that has garnered great praise. In 2018, the big band has also premiered NIkolaj Bentzon’s 24-hour series, written for Nordkraft Big Band, staged in beautiful lighting design at Teater Nordkraft in Aalborg. In other words, this is an emerging big band at an international level, which over the last few years has been among the best big bands in the country.
Nordkraft Big Band is Aalborg and North Jutland’s rhythmic ensemble, with roots in the American big band tradition. The big band has worked with Bob Mintzer (USA), John Clayton (USA), Szhirley, Martin Brygmann, Nikolaj Bentzon, Sinne Eeg, Roger Neumann (USA), Rasmus Mountain, Bobo Moreno, Birthe Kjær, Niels Jørgen Steen, Robben Ford (USA), Veronica Mortensen, Mike Andersen, Søren Sko and Dorthe Gerlach.

Organizer:  Taastrup Theater & Musikhus

Venue:  Taastrup Theater & Music House, Kjeld Abells Plads, 2630 Taastrup

Date & time:  November 6, 2019 at 19.30 (The bar opens at 6.30 pm – The doors to the hall open at 7:15 pm)

Ticket price:  DKK 150 + fee (Ticket sales stop 15 minutes before show start)

Seats:  Numbered Seats


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