Every Tuesday evening, at 21:00 (CEST), Stingray DJAZZ presents an unprecedented episode of The Sound of New York, an exploration of the musical universe of a new generation of New York artists. Of diverse origins and all having a unique history and baggage, these musicians gave birth to new sounds that in turn influence the music scene of the entire world. This new generation of artists combines sounds from past and present, interacts with a range of other artistic forms, and plays with many influences. In October, meet singer and pianist Gerald Clayton, drummer Damion Reid, and saxophone player Greg Osby.
Tuesday, October 2 at 21:00 CEST | Gerard Clayton
The series The Sound of New York. Music Today and Tomorrow is an exploration of the musical universe of a new generation of New York artists. Of diverse origins and all having a unique history and background, these musicians gave birth to a new sound that influences the music scene around the world. This new generation of artists combines sounds of yesterday and today, interacts with a range of other artistic forms, and plays with many influences, from Afro-American music to classical and contemporary music through hip-hop, R&B, rock, and so much more. With three albums, several studio projects and countless international performances under the tie, Gerald Clayton has established himself over the last eight years as a leading figure in a new generation of jazz artists who master the vast array of styles that make up the vocabulary of today’s jazz. Hailed by the New York Times for his “impressive presence,” Clayton is currently becoming an increasingly important place in the long and rich tradition of jazz. Born in 1984 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Clayton moved to the United States at a young age. Having grown up in a musical family – his father is bassist and composer John Clayton, and his uncle saxophonist Jeff Clayton – he has always been exposed to a wide variety of musical styles. Clayton began his formal education at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and continued his education at the USC Thorton School of Music. Named four times for a Grammy Award, the talented pianist and composer has performed on stage and in the studio with artists like Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Rives, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Kendrick Scott, John Scofield, Ben Williams, Charles Lloyd, and many others.
Tuesday, October 9 at 21:00 CEST | Damion Reid
Native of West Covina, a city in eastern Los Angeles, Damion Reid is the son of a renowned bassist and a singer and opera teacher. At the age of three, young Reid was already performing at the local church, and at age 12 he found a mentor in world-renowned drummer Billy Higgins . During these highly formative years, Higgings passed on his passion for music and life to young Reid and, impressed by his student’s ability to grasp music, both analytically and conceptually. Reid continued to cultivate his love of music during high school, and moved to Boston after receiving the prestigious Alan Dawson Scholarship from the Massachusetts New England Conservatory of Music. He then joined the ranks of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California. To date, Damion Reid has toured with some of the biggest names in music including Greg Osby, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Cassandra Wilson, Bruce Hornsby, Lauryn Hill, Ravi Coltrane, Reggie Workman, and many others.
Tuesday, October 16 at 21:00 CEST | Greg Osby
The series The Sound of New York. Music Today and Tomorrow is an exploration of the musical universe of a new generation of New York artists. Of diverse origins and all having a unique history and background, these musicians gave birth to a new sound that influences the music scene around the world. This new generation of artists combines sounds of yesterday and today, interacts with a range of other artistic forms, and plays with many influences, from Afro-American music to classical and contemporary music through hip-hop, R&B, rock, and so much more. Alto saxophonist, producer, composer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz both as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist in renowned jazz ensembles, including Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition. Boasting an excellent reputation for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a leading artist for the current generation of jazz musicians. His recordings and passionate performances have earned him many prizes and much praise from critics.
Tuesday, October 23 at 21:00 CEST | Matthew Stevens
Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2004, Matthew Stevens has earned an enviable reputation on the contemporary scene by appearing with several leading artists, including Christian Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Esperanza Spalding. Considered “one of the most promising up-and-coming jazz guitarists of his generation,” Stevens was named in the “Emerging Guitarists” category at DownBeat magazine’s 63rd annual DownBeat Critics Poll. His performances have been acclaimed by several leading publications and media, including DownBeat, NPR, Jazz Times, Billboard, and The New York Times, and his first studio album, Woodwork, garnered rave reviews, including from LA Weekly which describes the album as an “amalgam of modern jazz and neo-fusion elements that demonstrate an impressive sound versatility and ingenious production.” On tour, Stevens traveled the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, South Africa, and South America. He is also Adjunct Professor at New School and has conducted workshops at the Maryland Summer Jazz Workshop, USC and Berklee College of Music.
Tuesday, October 30 at 21:00 | Stefon Harris
The passionate play, the energetic stage presence and the amazing virtuosity of vibraphonist Stefon Harris have propelled him to the forefront of the current jazz scene. Largely praised by his peers and critics alike, Harris’s mission is to explore the rich potential of jazz composition and popularize the vibraphone. Harris has appeared alongside several jazz luminaries including Kenny Barron, Steve Turre, Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter, and has released several albums that have been warmly received by critics. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree from New York’s Manhattan School of Music, Harris credits his successful career with high school teachers, who quickly recognized his passion for music, and offered him lessons and the chance to bring the instruments home: “My musical education and the opportunities I had to perform in ensembles such as the Empire State Youth Orchestra exposed me to other cultures and to a variety of musical styles”. Harris is the creator of Harmony Cloud, an application to help beginners and professionals alike develop their ears, deepen their understanding of harmony, and explore the world of improvisation. In 2016, he was named director of the prestigious Jazz Arts Program at the Manhattan School of Music. Harris has performed around the world and his discography has six albums.
Tuesday, October 30 at 21:30 | Luis Perdomo & Mimi Jones
Born in 1971 in Caracas, Luis Perdomo began appearing on television and radio in Venezuela at the age of 12. Despite his success in his homeland, young Perdomo quickly realized he would have to travel to New York to fulfill his musical dreams. In 1993, Perdomo moved to New York after receiving a scholarship from the Manhattan School of Music. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1997 and a master’s degree in 2000. Perdomo has collaborated on more than 200 recordings, has performed alongside artists of the caliber of Dave Douglas, David Sanchez and Tom Harrell, was a member of the quartet of Ravi Coltrane for 10 years, and has three albums named at the Grammy Awards in his name. Bassist and singer Mimi Jones, born Miriam Sullivan, grew up in the Bronx. Discovered accidentally by a teacher at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, Jones was recruited from the school’s jazz ensemble. Jones has been a member of the Tia Fuller Quartet, has been recognized as a US Jazz Ambassador, and toured around the world with artists including Rachel Z, Kenny Barron, Lionel Hampton, Ravi Coltrane, Roy Hargrove, and Luis Perdomo.