JazzFest: Dominick Farinacci Quintet/Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with special guest Take 6

The 36th annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland kicks off with a double bill featuring the Dominick Farinacci Quintet, plus the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with special guests Take 6.

Take 6 is the most awarded vocal group in history with 10 Grammys, 10 Dove Awards and a Soul Train Award. Known for its crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, Take 6 performances bubble into a brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop. The six vocal virtuosos include Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Alvin Chea, Dave Thomas and Khristian Dentley.

At age 16, bassist John Clayton (JazzFest artist in residence) was taken under the wing of the legendary Ray Brown – a relationship that spanned three decades. It wasn’t long after that he earned his degree from Indiana University and began touring with the Monty Alexander Trio and the Count Basie Orchestra. After a five-year tenure as principal bassist in the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, where he married and started a family, he returned to Southern California and, along with Jeff Hamilton and his brother, Jeff, founded the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He and his brother also spent more time developing the Clayton Brothers.

He has composed and arranged for Diana Krall, Whitney Houston, McCoy Tyner, Milt Jackson, Carmen McRae, Joe Williams, Quincy Jones, and others too numerous to mention. Known as a standout in jazz education throughout the world, he taught at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music from 1988-2009. He serves as Artistic Director for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, WA, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. John Clayton consistently ranks in the top ten Jazz Times and DownBeat Critics Poll as a bassist, big band leader and arranger. Nominated 9 times over the years, including this past year for his “LA TREASURES PROJECT” recording, he won a Grammy for his arrangement of Queen Latifah’s recording of “I’m Gonna’ Live til I Die.” Career highlights include his arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner for Whitney Houston’s Super Bowl performance in 1990 (which went platinum), playing bass on Paul McCartney’s CD “Kisses on the Bottom,” playing and arranging for Yo-Yo Ma’s “Songs of Joy and Peace,” and arranging, playing and conducting the 2009 CD “Charles Aznavour with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.” At a White House ceremony, he accepted a presidential medal of honor for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in 2007.

Dominick Farinacci was attending music classes at Tri-C when he was discovered by Wynton Marsalis at Tri-C JazzFest. He graduated Juilliard on full scholarship and launched his career in Japan with a prolific run of eight albums. Currently, he serves as Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center, working to integrate jazz into communities in the Middle East. Dominick is a featured performer for the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi.









Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:30pm

Connor Palace

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Arts & Entertainment, Music, JazzFest

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General Public, Faculty, Staff




$65, $55, $40

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Andy Platz left a positive review 7/9/2015

Another "Out-of-the-Park" experience for my daughter and I! Dinner downtown, and then a large portion of rich, creamy smooth and silky Jazz for dessert! Each group brought us distinct and most tasty pleasures in their own ways! We are very proud to be able to indulge in such fine treats so close to home. Thank you to each and every one who contributed in making the evening a most special occasion!

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