The Clifford Brown & Max Roach Project featuring Scotty Barnhart & Clayton Cameron; Thursday, August 8, 2013


The Clifford Brown & Max Roach Project
featuring Scotty Barnhart &  Clayton Cameron

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… assured melodic lines in a silvery, singing tone.” – The New York Times

In the mid-fifties, there was no group in the hard bop idiom hotter than the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet. They burned up bandstands for two-and-a-half years, until 1956, when a fatal auto accident claimed the lives of Clifford Brown – considered one of the top trumpeters in jazz – and Richie Powell (brother of Bud Powell), a rising star on piano. It was a tragic blow for the jazz world. In tribute to one of the most influential bands in the history of modern jazz, acclaimed trumpeter Scotty Barnhart and ace drummer Clayton Cameron come together with pianist Sabine; bassist Carlitos Del Puerto; and special guest tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart, to pay their respects to these pioneering geniuses.

As a modern trumpeter, Scotty Barnhart can’t help but be influenced by Clifford Brown. In his two decades with the Count Basie Orchestra, Barnhart’s solo abilities have also been recognized and utilized by Marcus Roberts, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, and Tito Puente. His CD, Say It Plain, hit #3 on the jazz charts with the added star power of fellow trumpeters Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis pitching in on some well-chosen standards and original compositions. An educator specializing in the history of jazz trumpet, Barnhart’s book, The World of Jazz Trumpet – A Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy, is a highly regarded resource for musicians. He teaches at Florida State University when he is not touring.

Drummer Clayton Cameron is lauded not only for his ability to swing aggressively, but especially for his innovative approach in the use of brushes, an art form he helped revitalize with his renowned instructional videos. As a sideman, Cameron may be best known for his long time associations with vocalists Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis, Jr., but he is right at home in the hard-bop jazz cauldron epitomized by the Clifford Brown/Max Roach legacy. His mercurial drumming serves as a creative foil to Barnhart’s melodic trumpet bursts, empathetically supporting rapid-fire instrumental exchanges and pushing the energy level ever higher.

Special guest Grant Stewart’s tenor saxophone effortlessly glides over the group’s rhythmic twists and turns. As a youngster growing up in Canada, Stewart got plenty of exposure to great jazz in Toronto. He relocated to New York City at the ripe old age of nineteen and soon found himself playing with some of the top jazz players, including Brad Mehldau, Jimmy Cobb, and Bill Charlap. Strongly influenced by Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, and Lester Young, Stewart’s imaginative soloing is among the best of his generation. Now an experienced veteran, Stewart brings his years of improvisational inventiveness to the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Project with an enthusiastic appreciation for the hard-bop tradition. Taken altogether, the individual talents of Barnhart, Cameron, Stewart, Sabine, and Del Puerto, turn the music of Clifford Brown and Max Roach into a living legacy of inexhaustible creativity.

The Clifford Brown & Max Roach Project

DATE:  Thursday, August 8, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan

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