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    Brian Clay


    October 16, 2015

    The Red Piano Lounge


    Accomplished keyboardist … gifted vocalist … sought after composer and studio musician, Brian Clay has been a principal player in an Atlanta smooth jazz scene that boosts some of the best musicians in the country.  

    He has shared the stage as an opening act or supporting player for jazz legends including George Duke, David Sanborn, Stanley Clark, Gato Barbieri, as well as comtemporary jazz all-stars like Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, The Rippingtons, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Euge Groove. 

    Brian’s style on piano draws comparisons to the likes of Joe Sample and Bob James, while his vocal style conjures up the spirits of Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway and Luther Vandross. His stage presence is magnetic and his performances are dynamic. 

    Brian combines an extraordinary talent with an amazing knowledge of the contemporary jazz genre as well. He is a veteren radio broadcaster with over 18 years of expereince; 10 years of which he was an air-personality on Atlanta’s Smooth Jazz 107.5 WJZZ.  He is also creator and program director for his own internet station and long-form syndicated radio program called JAZZSPIRATIONS; a program that features the genre known as inspirational jazz or gospel jazz. 

    In the Fall of 2013, Brian debuted JAZZSPIRATIONS on Knoxville radio. You can hear the program every Sunday afternoon from 3pm-6pm on Knoxville’s historic 99.7fm WJBE. 

    Brian has 5 CD’s to his credit. His first release, entitled “The Nu Flava”, was recorded with his band KOMPANI and featured Gospel Jazz instrumentals and vocals. He followed that CD with “Tell Me”, a collection of contemporary gospel tracks. His third release was a collaboration with Atlanta singer songwriter Pamela Best called “Word and Music.” Then Brian produced a solo jazz project called “Lookin for Something.” This CD is a smooth jazz project of groove oriented instrumentals and romantic and smooth vocal tracks. Brian’s most recent release is “Honey Grove Lane,” written, produced and recorded in Knoxville at his home studio which is, of course, located on Honey Grove Lane.