Get your jazz on: Watch two concerts this week at Augusta University

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It’s time to get your jazz on!

The Department of Music at Augusta University is presenting a virtual concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30 as part of the Harris Horizon Jazz Series featuring the John Clayton Trio: Father, Son & Godfather on the department’s YouTube channel.

This remarkable trio not only features three of the most distinguished artists in contemporary jazz, it also boasts a family connection and can be accurately billed as the father, son and godfather trio.

Gerald Clayton is a spellbinding pianist who searches for honest expression in every note he plays. Gerald’s father, John Clayton, is a renowned bassist/composer/arranger/conductor/producer with a seemingly endless list of legendary collaborators. One of John Clayton’s most beloved projects is the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble he co-leads alongside drummer Jeff Hamilton. Hamilton, who is Gerald’s godfather, is one of the most diverse and in-demand drummers in jazz and has been featured on nearly 200 recordings. Together, the trio honors its collective legacy through a commitment to artistic exploration, innovation and reinvention.

Learn more about the Department of Music.

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