2023 Recap

2023 Recap

It’s been ages since I’ve posted news. It is not that there has been nothing to report.

John Clayton

I Wanna Dance with Somebody

John Clayton’s version of the Star Spangled Banner featured in film about the life and music of Whitney Houston.  

John Clayton premiered a new work at Walt Disney Hall ‘Sacred Dreams, Righteous Themes’ which also featured the works of Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams.

John Clayton completed work on a grand performance piece of Billy Strayhorn’s music called “Sugar Hill” featuring musicians and dancers. The show premiered in Chicago.

The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra completed their whirlwind 9 city European tour selling out every concert hall.

Jade Soloman Curtis

Jade Solomon Curtis completed a workshop of her latest work “Keeper of Sadness” where she choreographed the work for 3 dancers at WACO in Los Angeles culminating in a performance before a live audience.  She showcased the work during the Western Arts Alliance and will showcase it at APAP2024.

James Brandon Lewis & Lakecia Benjamin

German Jazz Prize 

James Brandon Lewis – ‘Band of the Year international;
Lakecia Benjamin – ‘ Wind Instruments International’

Both completed 3 European tours.

Lakecia Benjamin was on 7 jazz magazine covers as well as the cover of the New York Times Arts Section.

Lakecia Benjamin

3 Grammy Nominations

BEST Jazz Instrumental Album – Phoenix
BEST Jazz Performance – Basquiat
BEST Instrumental Composition – Amerikkan Skin
Lakecia Benjamin, composer (Lakecia Benjamin Featuring Angela Davis)

As you can see 2023 was a banner year. I look forward to 2024 with my clients.