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The First Traveler Mixtape - Matthew Clayton

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In September 2017, the Mysterious Traveler Concert Series will enter its 4th season at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The series features FREE monthly concerts from September through May. It has showcased a diverse array of Jazz performers, young and not so young, who are shaping the future sounds of Philadelphia, including such awesome talents as Anwar Marshall, Elijah Thomas, Bernard Samuel, Madison Rast, Victor North, Najwa Parkins, Dan Hanrahan and more. The series has quietly grown into one of the most exciting musical events in the city. 

 

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During the summer of 2014, Leo Gadson of Producer's Guild, Adam Feldman of The Free Library of Philadelphia and Homer Jackson of PJP met to discuss an idea. The trio, teamed up to develop a daring, new performance series: The Mysterious Traveler Concert Series, which takes place in the Montgomery Auditorium at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia at 1901 Vine Street in downtown, Philadelphia.

 

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The very first Mysterious Traveler Concert took place on Monday, September 8, 2014 and featured the music of educator and alto saxophonist, Dr. Matthew Clayton. The event was recorded that evening. However, the files disappeared. For over two years, we thought there was no documentation of this event. Recently, we found the files from this concert on a backup hard drive. We immediately reached out to Matthew Clayton for his blessings to release a mixtape and brought him into the PJP office/studio to record an interview with him discussing this important performance.

 

The mixtape is entitled, The First Traveler and contains only portions of the concert.

 

The tunes featured in order are:

1. Sir Roderick, The Aloof [written by Branford Marsalis]

2. Khalil The Prophet [written by Jackie McLean]

3. Matthew's Groove [written by Matthew Clayton]

 

The individuals featured in the recording are:

Matthew Clayton: Alto Sax, Justin Sekelewski: Bass; Khary Abdul Shaheed: Drums;

 

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Following the music, the mixtape features a conversation with musician, Matthew Clayton.

 

Download The First Traveler Mixtape, HERE.

 

 

MUSICIAN BIOS:

 

MClaytonDr. Matthew Clayton is a saxophonist, composer, recording artist, music scholar and educator from Philadelphia.  He has been featured at Carnegie Hall, the Academy of Music, famed New York jazz clubs the Village Vanguard, Birdland, the Blue Note, and countless other venues.  Dr. Clayton has performed for Grover Washington, Jr., alongside the late legendary Count Basie trombonist Al Grey, and as a soloist at a winter jazz festival in Paris, France.  A graduate of Yale and Harvard, he is the Director of Jazz Combos at the University of Pennsylvania, and is on the faculty of the prestigious Nelly Berman School of Music.  Dr. Clayton's debut album, On The Move, was released in 2014.

 

 

 

 

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Justin SekelewskiJustin Sekelewski is a Philly-based bassist and educator. He is a graduate of the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University and has performed with Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield Jr., Nicholas Payton, Branford Marsalis, Benny Golson, Byron Landham, Mickey Roker, Tony Miceli, Joanna Pascale, Larry McKenna and many others. He has performed in the Hague Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, as well as The Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Chris' Jazz Cafe and Ortlieb's Jazzhaus. Sekelewski is a member of Najwa Parkins & The After Hours Trio which has released their debut recording entiled, “Not The Next Someone Else.”

 

 

 

 

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Khary Abdul ShaheedKhary Abdul Shaheed was born and raised in Philadelphia by two highly talented and gifted individuals; his mother, Nadira Barba, vocalist/pianist, and his father Kazem Shaheed, drummer/percussionist. Khary began playing music at the early age of two years. Khary's love and passion for music has afforded him the opportunity to study, perform and produce throughout the Philadelphia area. He became a member of the Electo Egbe Omode Dance Company playing Djembe and Congas. While attending Academy of the Way Pan African Institute, Khary played with the Blue Nile Drum Ensemble directed by Jabali Wazuri and Talib Issa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First Traveler was recorded live at The Montgomery Auditorium of the Free Library of Philadelphia in September 2014 and edited at Lynasha Studios.

 

Check out Matthew Clayton and Justin Sekelewski in action:

 

 

Special Thanks: Adam Feldman and Perry Genovisi of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Leo Gadson of Producer's Guild, PJP Staff and supporters; Lynn Washington, Gail Fountaine, James Solomon, Asha Jackson, Julia Lopez, Melissa Talley Palmer and Stephanie Seiple.

 

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This mixtape is a production of The Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of the CultureWorks | Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation.

 

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