In 2018, Matthew Clayton had a busy schedule of performing and teaching, including lecturing at both the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University, gigging at World Café Live in Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia, and a gig in New York City in conjunction with the Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies. In 2019, Matthew has already collaborated with former Ornette Coleman drummer G. Calvin Weston at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. Another aspect of Matthew’s artistry is his love of prose writing; Matthew recently wrote a piece about late jazz trumpet master Roy Hargrove in the blog Musiqology, a blog by fellow University of Pennsylvania professor Guthrie Ramsey. Read Matthew’s article here. Matthew continues to make his mark as a musician and educator. Check back for more exciting updates!
Matthew Clayton had a busy summer of 2017, capped off by two major performances. In June, Matthew had the honor of playing with one of the most important jazz bassists of the last 35 years, Lonnie Plaxico, at South Jazz Parlor, as a member of Dr. Guy's Musiqology. Mr. Plaxico has shared the stage with some of Matthew's biggest influences, including Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, and Branford Marsalis. Matthew had the chance to hang with Lonnie and learn from his musical and personal wisdom. In July, the Matthew Clayton Quartet was back in action for the 11th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival in West Philly. The festival featured the newest iteration of the Matthew Clayton Quartet, with Matthew on saxophone, Adam Faulk on piano, Nimrod Speaks on bass, and Doug Hirlinger on drums. The Quartet played "A Shade of Jade" by Joe Henderson, followed by a selection of Matthew Clayton originals. For more information, and pictures from the festival, see the festival website here. Stay tuned for more updates about Matthew Clayton and his many performances!
The Philadelphia Jazz Project collaborated with Matthew Clayton to release The First Traveler, a mixtape featuring a live performance of the Matthew Clayton Trio! The music features Matthew Clayton on alto saxophone, Justin Sekelewski on bass, and Khary Shaheed on drums, and includes a previously unreleased original composition by Matthew Clayton: "Matthew's Groove"! After the music, there is a candid interview with Matthew Clayton about his music, vision, and influences. This project has been released as a free download! To get The First Traveler, visit the Philadelphia Jazz Project here.
Since the CD Release Party in March of 2015, Matthew Clayton has been busy performing and spreading the word about his album and music! Starting in the summer of 2015, Matthew could be heard sitting in at New York City jazz clubs: Smalls, Zinc Bar, and Smoke. In the fall of 2015, Matthew returned to Philadelphia with performances at the Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the jazz restaurant Heritage, and many other Philadelphia area venues. In 2016, Matthew performed at South Jazz Parlor in Philadelphia, the Blue Note in New York City, led his Quartet once again at the Community Education Center on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, and returned to his alma mater, Yale University, for an end of the year performance. Most recently, Matthew kicked off 2017 with a performance with the Matthew Clayton Quartet in Philadelphia as a part of the Jazz Bridge concert series. Matthew is poised to launch another exciting phase of his musical career. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming performances!
Join the Matthew Clayton Quartet, featuring the leader on alto saxophone, Neil Podgurski on piano, Nimrod Speaks on bass, and Khary Shaheed on drums, for the On The Move CD release party at the Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, March 13th at 7pm! Admission is $15. Presented by the Producer's Guild for the 2nd Fridays on Lancaster Ave Jazz Series.
Matthew Clayton is returning to his alma mater to open the Third Annual Jazz Festival at Yale! On Friday, February 20th at 8pm he will lead a special quartet featuring fellow Yale alum Brandon Smith on piano, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. For more information, check out the festival website.
Matthew Clayton On The Move
The debut album from Matthew Clayton, On The Move, is a beautiful mix of of originals and unique covers. The album features Clayton on saxophone, Neil Podgurski on piano, Nimrod Speaks on bass, and Wayne Smith Jr. on drums. Expected release Fall 2014. Check back for updates!
Come hear the Matthew Clayton Trio at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Monday, September 8th, at 7pm! For more information, check here: