Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator, whose work boldly spans the terrain between jazz and new music.
In 1963 she began her career performing the standards on the vibrant New York music scene. However, she quickly became a prominent part of the free jazz movement.
Her work in these two worlds led to the development of a highly personal, wordless vocabulary later enhanced by her innovative use of electronics.
“Clayton is an important singer…one who proposed dramatic changes in vocal styles and roles…her musicianship is impeccable.” Francis Davis – Downbeat
“As far as vocal innovation goes, Jay Clayton is precariously on the cutting edge.” Fred bouchard – Jazz Times“
“More than 20 years after her debut recording All Out, Clayton is still the most adventurous singer in jazz, a specialist in wordless improvisation who’s also expert in distending and finding new meanings in the melodies and lyrics of classic popular songs.” Francis Davis, The Village Voice