The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra is led by Jeff Hamilton, Jeff Clayton and John Clayton. They were the house band at the Hollywood Bowl during 1999-2001, giving John Clayton, as Artistic Director of Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the opportunity to write for such guest artists as Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Jimmy Smith, Nancy Wilson and Shirley Horn.
Propelled by Jeff Hamilton's exciting grooves and Jeff Clayton's soaring saxophone, the orchestra has also recorded with John Pizzarelli, Gladys Knight, two albums with Diana Krall.
The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, which has been named by the readers of Downbeat Magazine as the top big band in jazz, is today considered one of jazz's great orchestras.
Barbara Morrison is proud to be an American singer of jazz music.
Ms. Morrison has been featured on over 20 recordings. She has dazzled fans of a wide array of genres from traditional Jazz and Blues to Gospel and Pop. Her melodic and powerful voice, with its two-and-a-half-octave range, is known worldwide. She delivers rich, unique, soulful and highly spirited interpretations of Jazz and Blues classics and original contemporary tunes.
Beginning in 2011, Barbara Morrison has been performing with Jack Hale, a southern California popular master guitarist/ arranger/ band leader of cool and hot vintage jazz and swing styles from the 1920's through 1950's.
Her masterful leadership and commitment to community service have led to her creating The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center where classes and performances are presented in the heart of the African American community.
Ernie Andrews was discovered by songwriter Joe Greene in 1947, when he won an amateur show at the Lincoln Theatre on Central Avenue in Los Angeles. Greene was so impressed that he immediately took Andrews into the studio to record at age 17. With a 300,000 seller hit, "Soothe Me" with "Wrap It Up And Put It Away" on the flip side, Ernie Andrews became a singer to be reckoned with. In 1953, he had another big record with "Make Me A Present of You" with Benny Carter. By this time, Andrews was working at home and out of town playing clubs, concerts and "after-hours" rooms.
Los Angeles Times critic Don Heckman said of a performance at the Jazz Spot in Los Angeles, "[H]e blends a hard-swinging, outgoing vocal style with a quick-witted sense of humor . . . he does so with a rich timbre, a gift for drama and a singular capacity to stimulate an audience," and "[H]e was a musical whirlwind, bringing life, love, humor and musicality to everything he sang."
"Snooky Young always said we were the best big band in the land. Even though I don't let his words go to my head, I love our band! Our band members always bring a collective high level to the music that can't be touched. Combine this with Barbara and Ernie and you've got something special.
We decided to do a live recording because Barbara and Ernie are both such commanding performers from the stage.
This recording will be shared by the 3 entities: The CHJO, Barbara and Ernie. I am in the process of writing new arrangements, new sounds, new excitement for our jazz orchestra and special guests. It will be an honor to present what I am sure will be an historic performance and recording."
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