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T.H.E. Family, Detroit: new material from John Clayton

John ClaytonJazz bass legend John Clayton has created a new work for the 30th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival, to debut on Labor Day.

The piece, titled “T.H.E. Family, Detroit,” is scored for the Clayton Brothers Quintet and the 18-piece Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra of Detroit and honors jazz legends Thad, Hank and Elvin Jones.

When asked by Free Music Press Writer Mark Stryker about his music, Clayton is forever humble: “I’m a conduit,” Clayton said before the rehearsal. “I don’t feel I’m capable of creating what people think I’m capable of creating. It comes from another source, be it the universe, God, a tree, a Cadillac, a woman, whatever. You’re kidding yourself if you think otherwise.”

You can check out a complete bio on Clayton and the open-dress rehearsal for the festival at Be sure to take a look at Clayton’s official site for audio and video samples as well as lesson material.