The Oberlin Review

Jazz legend John Clayton conducts musicians in the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble. John and his son Gerald Clayton per-
formed a riveting set of jazz standards at Finney last Friday.

Claytons Add Spark to Strong OJE Concert

March 13, 2015

John Clayton must be a magician. There is no other way to explain the effortless precision with which the jazz icon played his mesmerizing bass solos at the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble concert last Friday evening. After being introduced to the audience at Finney Chapel by ensemble director Dennis Reynolds, Clayton — clad in a peach button-down and matching tie patterned with images of basses — appeared from behind a black blockade. With a genuine grin slapped across his face, he stepped through a band...

Trumpet player and College junior Simon Gilbert performs a solo during the Oberlin Jazz Ensemble’s first performance of the year. The concert took place in Finney Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 8 and featured an array of strong solos and cohesive ensemble work.

Fall OJE Concert Features Virtuosic, Lively Soloists

November 14, 2014

The Oberlin Jazz Ensemble’s first concert of the year opened with a duel. Trombonist and Conservatory senior Lawrence Galloway and trumpeter and College junior Simon Gilbert stunned audience members with a fierce musical battle at the finale of Ben Patterson’s “No, I Don’t Fly Planes,” their notes screaming out into the resonant acoustics of Finney Chapel. Indeed, Saturday’s concert featured strident individual solos and cohesive ensemble playing that thrilled students and parents alike. The...

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