Clayton E. Powell, Jr.
Music, Jazz, Songwriting
Jazz Faculty, Jazz and Pop Piano

(Drummer/Keyboardist) has been an international performer, recording artist, composer, arranger and music educator for the last 25 years, having performed and taught in over 20 countries on 5 continents. Clayton is performing and/or educating with artist such as: Alan Paul of the Manhattan Transfer, The Marshall Hawkins Trio and Quintet (Legendary jazz bassist for Miles Davis, Tony Williams, Frank Sinatra, Roberta Flack, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and founder of the Jazz in The Pines festival at Idyllwild CA)., Recording artist and Les Paul autobiographer, Robby Lawrence, Idyllwild Master Chorale, Grammy nominated Jazz Vocalist Sherry Williams, Emmy Award nominee Film and Television composer, John Rodby, Count Basie Band Vocalist John Flemming, to name a few. Currently is an adjunct professor at the Idyllwild Academy of the Arts Boarding School Idyllwild CA., producer/composer at the internationally acclaimed Shaddow Ryderz Group. Clayton teaches, drums, Jazz Piano, arranging, composition, jazz theory, jazz improvisation and MIDI programming. He is director and founder of the Free Music Lessons” program in San Jacinto CA. which gives free music lessons to all ages and researches how music lessons can help Alzheimer, dementia, stroke and PTSD patients. He is a board member of Redemption Radio & Shelter Studioz (RRSSOZ), San Jacinto CA. Clayton’s most recent recording project was a double CD 20 tune Christmas Project for Christmas 2016 in which he arranged, played drums and programmed all the instruments. This project was in regular rotation on radio this past Christmas season. When not touring, Clayton is based in the San Diego & Los Angeles county areas, and is a member of the Tony LaVoz Band