Sloane: A Jazz Singer Returns

Jazz singer Carol Sloane will return to the Triangle area for a concert performance at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, on Friday, October 11, at 8 PM. 

“Two for the Road” pairs Sloane with the incredible Mike Renzi — one of her most beloved, longtime pianists. The show will be an intimate “homecoming” (Sloane lived in North Carolina for a number of years) and will feature some of Carol’s favorites songs, including tunes she recently recorded for a new live album at Birdland in New York City. 

NPR calls Sloane “a sublime singer of great songs.”

“She is natural and unaffected with a voice that embraces the melody and the listener with equal parts maturity and conviction. Combining spirit with character and elegance with style, Sloane has enchanted audiences all over the world. Her command of The Great American Songbook is unmatched.”

Film director Michael Lippert (Reeves: A Home For Music) is crafting a moving film about this favorite lady of jazz. The documentary film SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER began shooting when Sloane appeared at Raleigh’s C Grace jazz club in May of 2018. The film continues in production and will include the recording of the new live album at Birdland. And don’t be surprised if you see a camera or two wandering around The Clayton Center on October 11. (view the film trailer here.) 

It’s not often you come across a music documentary where the greatness of the film equals the greatness of the subject (“Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” and “The Beatles: Anthology” come to mind) and this trailer has all the earmarks that “Sloane: a Jazz Singer” will turn out to be a film of that caliber. Like those great documentaries, it looks stunning and grabs the viewer immediately. The juxtaposition of the current and historical footage and images tells you right up front that you’re about to embark on a very special journey. Although there are many who deserve this quality of treatment, there is no one who is more deserving than the incredible Carol Sloane, especially to those of us here in her home state of Rhode Island. Bravo to all involved. As they say, “I can’t wait to see the movie!” Rick Bellaire, Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame 

For more info about the documentary SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER now in production, click here.

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Take a Stroll Down “Main Street, USA” with ATS&O

The Around the Town Singers & Orchestra take a stroll down Main Street, USA, on Friday, June 21, at 7 PM. This fun 90-minute show celebrates the return of Main Streets all over America and features music and dancing from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

ATS&O promises a special “show within a show” with some of the most toe-tapping hits to keep you singing along the entire time! Take a peek down Main Street Clayton with an amazing set that will allow the audience to become be a part of a unique experience! Tickets are $18, plus sales tax and fees, and group discounts are available.

For more information about ATS&O visit aroundtownsingers.org.

Close Out The Season With Lee Roy Parnell On April 13

The Clayton Center’s 2018-19 Palladian Series goes out in style with the country blues mastery of Lee Roy Parnell. The popular Americana / blues rock artist returns to Clayton on Saturday, April 13, for an 8 PM show.

Lee Roy is described as “a fine writer blessed with a rich, soulful vocal delivery and a blistering array of guitar chops drawn almost equally from Texas blues, Memphis soul and southern rock traditions.” He is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and laid a new foundation in Nashville with his guitar prowess (particularly slide guitar), smooth soul-drenched voice and top-shelf songwriting skills.

Opening for Lee Roy will be hometown singer-songwriter Kennedy Fitzsimmons with Carolina Pine.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this musical legend. Seating is limited. Call today for tickets.

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CYT Rebrands Itself As Carolina Youth Theatre

You are going to be hearing a lot about Carolina Youth Theatre in the coming months. Carolina Youth Theatre is the rebranding of CYT — the popular Clayton Youth Theater, founded in 2007. Carolina Youth Theatre will expand CYT’s premier theatre opportunities to youth across Central and Eastern North Carolina.

New Carolina Youth Theatre logo

Clayton Youth Theater has impacted hundreds of students and has entertained nearly 25,000 patrons. As of the spring of 2019, CYT has formally incorporated as Carolina Youth Theatre.

Carolina Youth Theatre’s first production is The Wizard of Oz. The show will be presented in late July and early August. Auditions, which are open to 2nd through 12th graders across North Carolina, begin April 5.

Among Carolina Youth Theatre’s offerings are camps for elementary and middle school students. The CYT Backstage Pass camp will give 2nd-5th graders a hands-on theatrical experience as they work with CYT directors and cast members to put on a performance themed around The Wizard of Oz.

CYT will also launch Stage Right, a three-week camp for 6th-8th grade students that explores the components of musical theatre, and develops the skills necessary to be successful on stage.

For more information, contact: director@carolinayouththeatre.com.

Take A Sneak Peek At Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man

Tomas Kubinek at The Clayton CenterGot kids ages 8 and older? Get them out of the house and into the theater to enjoy the hilarious antics of Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man. Kubínek performs on Thursday, January 31, at 8 PM. Tickets are $5, and children ages 8-12 are FREE.
(Please note that due to the focused nature of the program, this performance is not suitable for children under 8 years old.) Check out the show here.

This fun family show is generously sponsored by the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation, the Town of Clayton, Canopy, Johnston Health, Hudson’s Hardware & Outdoor Equipment and Huebner Family McDonald’s.