Tahira Clayton

Vocalist. Educator. Writer.

Summer 2017

Hi y'all! For those of you who are new to my website, welcome! To those returning, thank you for keeping up with me! 

Just last month, I visited Washington D.C with AMP Trio (Addison Frei, Matt Young, and Perrin Grace) for the DC Jazz festival's 2nd annual DC Jazz Prix, a competition for up and coming jazz artists. Here, we shared the stage with two other finalists featuring two incredible groups, SULA (NYC), and the Ernest Turner Trio (North Carolina). 

AMP Trio and I are sincerely honored to have been awarded the first prize in this competition. Along with a monetary prize, we will embark on a one year long professional relationship with the DC Jazz Festival organization. During our time at the Prix and beyond, the DC Jazz Festival organization treated us all very kindly and we look forward to our continued relationship with them. AMP Trio and I will also return as a group to the festival's main stage in the Summer of 2018.  Read more about our DC Jazz Prix win here. Keep up with guys in AMP Trio here.

After the incredibly humbling experience in DC, I headed back to NYC to play a great show at Rockwood Music Hall stage 3, and I have been gearing up for more performances throughout the summer, including the Bitter End on August 25th at 7pm. Grab tickets here or at the door the night of the show. I hope to see you there! 

Thanks again for stopping by and  I hope to catch you at a show soon! 


Happy Summer!

Happy summer everyone! No matter where you are, I hope clear skies and warm temperatures are exciting your life!

The season has started with a lot of traveling. I recently embarked on a two and a half week trip to Europe, where many countries (and different cuisines) offered beautiful experiences. I had a lovely opportunity to play for gracious guests in Sorento, Italy, greatly inspired by the beauty of such a unique city. 

Before heading to Europe,  a music video that I am featured on for pianist, Addison Frei, was released. Here you can see "Transit," a song and video depicting the wonderful diversity of New York city captured by director David Ashton. Information on how to purchase Frei's album can be found at his website here. 

Now back in the states, I am gearing up for more music making in NYC and elsewhere. On June 25th, I will join fellow jazz vocalist S I R I N T I P in the opening performance of the C.A.O.S Summer Residency at the Producer's Club NYC. This event will be livestreamed at 9pm EST on my facebook page here

In July, I will be traveling to my home state of Texas where I will join in a night of music at the Kitchen Cafe, a thriving listening room for jazz music in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Please continue to check back to my gigs page, as gig dates are still being added for this trip! To round out July, I will return to Cornelia St. Cafe in New York City in a duo concert with Frei. 

In the past few months I have been teaching, playing, and writing more than ever. In an effort to continuously share what I am working on, I have added a new page to my overall website. My writings page will feature poems, short stories, and other ideas that make their way onto pen and paper. Please feel free to visit!

Lastly, I am excited to announce that I am in the beginning stages of recording and releasing my first album with frequent collaborator and musical partner Addison Frei. While there is no release date quite yet, we are looking forward to recording a collection of originals, standards, and other favorite tunes in the Fall. Stay tuned for more news and information about this project! 

As always, your support is much appreciated. I look forward to seeing you at a gig soon!



Spring Is Coming

HI everyone! Thank you for checking in on my website. Hopefully the spring air is as inspiring to you as it is to me!

The last two months have been pretty exciting here in NewYork City. I was recently featured in a music video for pianist/composer Addison Frei. For three days, we trekked around New York city with director, David Ashton and crew. This was a thrilling (and tiring) experience. The video will be released in conjunction with Frei's new album, "Transit," which I am also featured on.  Please visit www.addisonfrei.com for updates and release dates on that project.

On March 7th, I performed my first show as a leader in New York City at Rockwood Music Hall. This venue is fantastic, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I was joined by Addison Frei, Perrin Grace, and Curtis Nowosad. This band will be back together at Silvana in Harlem on  April 22nd at 6pm. 

Later this month, I will be traveling to Kansas with Addison Frei for a series of performance dates. Not long after that in April, I will be performing with fellow vocalist and friend Ben Cassara at Pangea in New York City.

To end the month of April, I am excited to announce my show at the distinguished Cornelia Street Cafe on April 29th, 2016, where I will be singing the tunes of Thelonious Monk. I am very excited to share this project, and hope to see some of you there!

As always, thank you for visiting my website. Stay tuned for more news!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year all, and thank you for stopping by my site! 

2016 began rather quickly with a tour to Michigan and Canada with the group AMP Trio, celebrating the release of their new album, "m(y)our world." In these locations, we performed headlining concerts and led clinics at local schools. Canada was beautiful and incredibly inspiring. A wonderful way to start the year!

Immediately following the Michigan/Canada tour, I completed my move to New York City. During this new and exciting time in my life, I am pleased to announce my new teaching position at Applause New York, a performing arts school in Manhattan. This is an incredibly special teaching opportunity, and I could not be more thrilled to invest time at this place with a supportive staff and talented students. 

In the coming months, I will be playing, writing, and teaching in New York, with trips scheduled to Kansas and Texas. Please see the gigs page for more information! 

Thank you again for stopping by! I hope to see you at a gig soon!


Hi there! Thank you for stopping by my brand new website. Here, I'll keep you posted on new music, gigs, and projects that I am working on! 

In the next few weeks I will be wrapping up my time in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to relocate to New York City at the beginning of January. While this is a huge transition, I am looking forward to meeting new people, and experiencing the new scene that this marvelous city has to offer.

Before planting semi-permanent roots in New York, I will be hitting the road with the New York based acoustic jazz trio, AMP Trio. AMP Trio just recently released their sophomore album, entitled "m(y)our world;" a dynamic and emotional record highlighting the beautiful compositional stylings of Addison Frei (piano), Matt Young (drums), and Perrin Grace (bass). I was thrilled to be a part of this project, and I look forward to joining these guys for concerts in Michigan and Canada. For more information about  "m(y)our world", check out www.amptrio.com.

The new year is right around the corner, and I can't wait to share all that is going on in my musical world. Thanks again for stopping by, and I hope to catch you at a gig soon!