Clay Jenkins and Jonathan Campbell Jazz Quintet


I would like to invite you to my very first faculty recital on the Morris campus this Friday evening at 7:30pm in the HFA Recital Hall. A lineup of nationally recognized jazz musicians will be joining me on the event: Clay Jenkins (trumpet), Kate Skinner (piano/voice), Josh Skinner (bass), and Brian Claxton (drums). We will be premiering several original compositions that I have been working on over the past year.


In addition to the evening performance, we will be presenting a masterclass/Q&A session for our UMM students on Friday, September 22 at 2:15pm in HFA 180.


Both events are free and open to the public. I hope to see you at the concert!  


Clay Jenkins
Currently, Clay is an Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He also continues to be a very active performing and recording artist. He has performed and presented clinics all over the United States and Canada, and also abroad in Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Portugal, Russia, and South Africa. He is a charter member of the trumpet section of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (which has included trumpet artists Snooky Young, Bobby Bryant, Chuck Findley, Oscar Brashear, Byron Stripling, and Bijon Watson). The C.H.J.O. was the Jazz Orchestra in Residence at the Hollywood Bowl from 1999-2001.

Clay's solo recordings include: Rings, Give and Gather, Yellow Flowers After, Azure Eyes, Blues State, and the soon to be released Good Signs on the Jazz Compass label. His ensemble with co-leader Kim Richmond, has released two recordings: Range, and Look at the Time. Other artists Clay has recorded with include Milt Jackson, Harold Danko, Rich Perry, The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, "Trio East," Billy Harper, Lyle Mays, Peter Erskine, Ray Brown, Dr. John, Bob Sheppard, Jim Widner, Eric Reed, Moacir Santos, Gary Hobbs, Bill Perkins, Joe La Barbera, John La Barbera, Pat La Barbera, Bill Cunliffe, Billy Childs, Steve Houghton, Lennie Niehaus, Ernestine Anderson, Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, and Miki Coltrane.

Kate Skinner

Jazz pianist and vocalist Kate Skinner maintains an active performing, composing and teaching career in the western United States. A native of Ogden, Utah, Skinner pulls influences from the bluegrass and classical roots of her childhood into both her songwriting and performing as a jazz musician. In her teenage and college years, Kate delved into R&B, funk, and hip hop, genres that also continually find their way into her musical explorations helping to create her own unique voice. Part of this unique voice is an obsession with alternative keyboard instruments and a study of the great keyboardists of jazz, rock and funk.


As a pianist, Skinner is in demand in a variety of performance styles and has performed with the Downbeat-award-winning jazz band from the University of Northern Colorado, Jazz Lab Band I among many other established large and small jazz ensembles. Her work as a vocalist has seen much success among a wide audience of listeners across genres. Kate’s compositions and playing have won multiple awards, including a Downbeat award for Outstanding Vocal Performance and a Jazz Education Network award for composition.


2014 saw the release of two new albums that Kate was highly involved in, one of which is a straight-ahead jazz quartet called Divergent, featuring her writing and performing. The second is Born to Wander, a bass-guitar-voice trio with Erik Applegate and Steve Kovalcheck. The group is founded in jazz and explores interpreting classic folk and rock tunes along with jazz standards. Kate believes that the pursuit of honest and creative projects is the lifeblood of any artist and she strives to continually push herself and widen her scope to new influences and excitements.


Skinner holds M.M. and D.A. degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. 


Brian Claxton

Brian Claxton is a talented and versatile musician currently based in Greeley, Colorado.  Claxton, who is currently thirty-two years old has been playing drums his entire life.


Claxton performs regularly with notable jazz musicians and was honored to be recruited by jazz legend Monty Alexander to play in his Harlem Kingston Express Band.  He has also had the distinct pleasure to accompany guest artists such as: Donny McCaslin, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Dave Douglas, Jeff Coffin, Terrell Stafford, Nicholas Payton, John Fedchock, Jiggs Whigham, Paul McKee, Nicholas Payton, Cyrus Chestnut, Geoff Keezer, Wayne Bergeron, Eric Marienthal, Dave Weckl, Bobby Sanabria, Greg Gisbert, Jon Faddis, Kenni Holmen, and many more.


Claxton continues to perform frequently throughout Colorado as a drummer, bassist, and sometimes a guitarist.  He also teaches percussion and drum set at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, and drum set at Metropolitan State University in Denver. 

Free Admission, no ticket required

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:30pm

Humanities Fine Arts Building, Recital Hall
600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267

Event Type

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