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Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator, whose work boldly spans the terrain between jazz and new music. Jay has gained worldwide attention as both performer and teacher.  With more than 40 recordings to her credit, Clayton has appeared alongside such formidable artists as Muhal Richard Abrams,  Steve Reich, Kirk Nurock, Julian Priester, Jerry Granelli, Jane Ira Bloom, Gary Bartz, Jack Wilkins, George Cables, Fred Hersch, Gary Thomas, tap dancer Brenda Bufalino as well as fellow vocalists Jeanne Lee, Norma Winstone, Urszula Dudziak and Bobby McFerrin.

She has taught extensively throughout the world  and was on the jazz faculty of Cornish College of the Arts for 20 years,  on the jazz faculty at Peabody Institute in Baltimore for 10 years and on the Jazz Faculty at Princeton University for two years .  Her book, Sing Your Story: A Practical Guide for Learning and Teaching the Art of Jazz Singing, was published by Advance Music in 2001.

Sing your Story

Are you trying to learn the art of jazz singing, but don’t know where to start? Pick up Jay Clayton’s Sing Your Story! This practical guide will keep you in check as you begin to put your voice out there. Clayton offers an insightful look on how to find the best material for you to sing and the short-cuts in “talking down” your arrangements to your rhythm section.
She also gives suggestions for a successful practice session and where to begin with improvisation. This book also comes with a CD full of instrumental accompaniments for you to practice with. Any aspiring jazz vocalist would benefit from this book.

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