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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Holiday Happenings

All will be merry and bright around town beginning tonight, Thursday, November 29. Thousands of people will pack Main Street beginning at 5:30 PM for the Annual Christmas Village and Tree Lighting sponsored by the Clayton Downtown Development Association.

Enjoy two and a half hours of music, holiday cheer, business open housed, a live Nativity, train rides and — of course — a chance to see Santa. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 7:45 PM at Town Square on the corner of Main Street and Fayetteville Street.

This weekend also kicks off The Clayton Center’s schedule of holiday events.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas show the way they used to be, presented by the Around Town Singers and Orchestra on Saturday, December 1, at 7 PM. Sing along to all of your favorite songs of the season. Tickets are $18, plus sales tax and fees. A group discount is available for groups of 8 or more.

On Sunday, December 2, at 6 PM, Tippy Toes Dance Studio of Princeton presents its annual production of the Nutcracker. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, plus sales tax and fees.

Join us for the remarkable musicianship of the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra as they present their Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Clayton Center NCswinging renditions of holiday classics on Friday, December 7, at 8 PM. Tickets are $35, plus sales tax and fees, UNLESS you make your purchase on Tuesday, December 4. Take advantage of a special half-off discount on Tuesday for all tickets purchased for the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

Then, on Saturday, December 15, the Johnston County Chorus presents A Christmas Spectacular, its annual holiday show featuring all of your favorite seasonal songs and skits. Special guests this year include dancers from Artistry in Motion dance studio. Tickets for both the 2 PM and 7 PM shows are $16 for adults and $12 for students 12 and under. A group discount is available for groups of 8 or more.

Check out our calendar of events for additional information and to see our complete schedule of events.

Woman’s Club of Clayton presents a Tasteful Event

Come on out tonight beginning at 6:30 PM and join the Woman’s Club of Clayton as they present the 14th annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine.

Attendees can sample the best food from local restaurants, all in one location.

The “Taste” is the Woman’s Club’s largest fundraiser of the year. Funds raised are used to support community causes such as  Backpack Buddies, Christmas for Kids, Hocutt-Ellington Library, Clayton Arts Festival, Harbor House, Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County and Clayton Area Ministries – just to name a few.

Those attending sample “taste-size” portions from participating restaurants. The samples will be judged by Chef Fredi Morf and his colleagues from the Wake Tech Culinary Arts program. Awards, which will be presented after the dining, include Best Presentation, Best Original Dish, Best Use of Seasonal Ingredients, Best Pasta Dish, Best Use of Local Ingredients and Best Dessert.  In addition, attendees cast ballots for People’s Choice. There is also a silent auction including baskets and gifts that attendees can bid on.

Tickets to the 14th annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine are $40 per person and can be obtained by calling 919-412-6368. Participating restaurants are Anthony’s Italian Pizza & Pasta, Caribbean Delight, Chefella’s, Clayton Steakhouse, Dylan’s Gifts & Catering, Fat Boys BBQ & Catering, Festejos Mexican Grill & Bar, Manning’s, Morning Glory Inn, Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes, The Flipside and Vinson’s.