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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Help Us Celebrate Our New Season This Thursday

The Clayton Center’s fifth annual Palladian Series Preview and Presale party is this Thursday, August 8. A $10 ticket will buy you an evening out AND the chance to purchase individual tickets to shows in the season before they go on sale to the general public.

North Carolina duo Violet Bell will headline the event with a 7:30 PM concert.

Violet Bell weaves roots, soul, psychedelic and classical music into a lush, wild soundscape. On stage and in the studio, the North Carolina duo of Lizzy Ross (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Omar Ruiz-Lopez (violin, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, vocals) share magnetic chemistry. The two have played more than 300 shows from Montreal to Miami in just over two years, honing the fiery intimacy of their live show and building a steadily growing fan base.

Tickets to Preview party are available here. Or, you can call or come by the box office. Tickets will be available at the door Thursday evening.

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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.

First Free Concert of the Summer Is This Thursday

The 12th annual Clayton Town Square Concert Series kicks off this Thursday, May 16, with your favorite music from the 90s.

town square concert crowd

Larger Than Life, dubbed “The Ultimate Boy Band Tribute,” started in New York and is taking the country by storm. They will be joined by their female counterparts – Independent Women.

The music begins at 6:30 pm at Town Square on the corner of Main and O’Neil Streets. Food trucks, a bouncy house, beverage vendors and much more kick off at 6 pm. Bring a blanket or a chair, and enjoy a great night on the square.

Go ahead and mark your calendar for these dates in the series: 

Thursday, June 20 – Band of Oz
Friday, August 16 – Sleeping Booty
Friday, September 6 – The Embers
Wednesday, October 2 – Mountain Heart

Royal Wood Headlines Second Show In Palladian Series

You may not know him yet, but you are going to LOVE him!

Canadian singer/songwriter Royal Wood will sweep you off your feet when he plays at The Clayton Center on Friday, November 9. The alternative/pop artist delivers beautiful melodies, heartfelt emotions and strong vocals, and his fans will attest that he’s “talented, personable and SO MUCH FUN!”

Proclaimed a prolific songwriter and one of Canada’s major talents by critics, Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Wood has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30. He has received multiple JUNO nominations, he is a two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and he had a No. 1 added song at Hot AC radio. His songs have been heard on high profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

Wood just completed a wildly successful and sold out cross-country theater tour opening for the legendary Bonnie Raitt. He is currently touring the world in support of his critically acclaimed 2018 release, Ever After The Farewell.

Tickets to the 8 PM show are $18, plus taxes & fees.

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