AMP Trio featuring Tahira Clayton AMP Trio featuring Tahira Clayton





AMP Trio featuring Tahira Clayton


  • Addison Frei, piano
  • Matt Young
  • Perrin Grace, bass
  • Tahira Clayton, vocals

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AMP Trio featuring Tahira Clayton is poised to reach new heights after being named the winner of the 2017 DCJazzPrix and earning an invitation to the 2018 DC Jazz Festival. Their most recent record, Three, was highlighted by a Japanese tour that included a cultural exchange workshop sponsored by the US Consulate of Sapporo. After releasing a new EP the trio and Tahira set out on their 2018 tour highlighted by performances at New York City's BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the Washington DC Jazz Festival as well as other notable jazz venues across the US and Canada.

AMP Trio first brought vocalist Tahira Clayton into the fold with their 2015 release m(y)our world, including an in-studio video series directed by Snarky Puppy’s visual mastermind, Andy LaViolette. m(y)our world received international airplay, reaching #24 on the JazzWeek Charts. Alongside Clayton, AMP Trio has performed at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, MD, Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI, the Kitchen Café in Dallas, TX and New York venues including the Cell Theatre, Rockwood Music Hall and Shapeshifter Lab. They have conducted educational clinics at schools throughout the US and Canada. Comprised of pianist Addison Frei, drummer Matt Young, and bassist Perrin Grace, AMP Trio formed in 2011 at the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz Program. Their first release, Flow, (Armored Records) was followed by performances at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and the Velvet Note. AMP Trio has participated in Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and Betty Carter Jazz Ahead. Together they have performed with artists including Tim Green, Quamon Fowler and John Raymond and have recorded with Aaron Hedenstrom, Adam Hutcheson and Spenser Liszt.

Addison Frei

Ever since pianist Addison Frei (“Fry”) began playing piano professionally at age ten in local restaurants around Lawrence, Kansas, he has garnered accolades far beyond his years. Frei has won first prize in several competitions including the 2016 UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and the 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition where he was noted as the youngest competitor. Recognized as a 2013 Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Frei performed in the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Barry Harris Piano Competition. He has toured in a duo setting alongside Manhattan Transfer co-founder Janis Siegel. As a leader in New York, Frei has held residencies at the Kitano, the Cell Theatre and Somethin’ Jazz and performed at Silvana, Caffe Vivaldi and Rockwood Stage 3. He was the musical director of B-Side Productions’ Adding Machine and has performed with the Charles Turner Quartet at Minton’s and Gin Fizz. Frei also headlined the 2015 Wichita Jazz Festival and brought his group to the Dallas Museum of Art. His acclaimed compositions have earned him invitations to Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. He is also a two-time recipient of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz

Composers Award sponsored by ASCAP. Those pieces can be found alongside other new compositions and imaginative arrangements on Intentions, Frei’s debut album as a solo leader. A 2014 summa cum laude graduate of the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz Studies program, Frei traveled with the six-time Grammy® nominated UNT One O’Clock Lab Band to headline the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California and can be heard on Lab 2013. While at UNT he had the opportunity to perform with prominent jazz artists including Christian McBride, Mike Stern, and Peter Erskine. Frei also gave a duo piano recital alongside his mentor, Stefan Karlsson, featuring the music of Richie Beirach. In 2013 the faculty honored Frei with the Outstanding Undergraduate Jazz Studies Student Award.

Frei also co-leads AMP Trio, contributing several compositions to Flow on Armored Records and the self-released m(y)our world. Featuring Perrin Grace on bass and Matt Young on drums, the trio has toured extensively throughout North America including appearances at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Velvet Note in Atlanta, and Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor among many others. The group gave an in-studio performance for Kansas Public Radio and has shared the stage with trumpeter John Raymond and saxophonists Tim Green and Quamon Fowler.

In addition to performing and recording, Frei is an established clinician and educator, delivering invited lectures/performances at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the University of Central Florida, the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Baker University, and Lynn Seaton’s Bass Workshop at UNT. Frei was a featured artist at the 2014 Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Dallas.

A sought-after studio musician and vocal accompanist, Frei’s emotive style is featured on numerous albums including releases by Sarah Kervin, Jimin Lee, Gale Cruz, Emily Merrell,Susan Hanlon, Mario Cruz, Aaron Hedenstrom, Spenser Liszt, Nolan Byrd, Fundamental, the Maniacal 4, the Two O’Clock Lab Band and the Alex Hahn Crossing. Frei has contributed to multiple Downbeat Student Music Award winners including the 2013 and 2014 winners of best Blues/Pop/Rock group.

Matt Young

Upon arriving at the University of North Texas, Matt was asked to join Grammy winning artist Bob Belden in the revival of the group Animation with Tim Hagans. In 2012, Animation released Transparent Heart on the UK label RareNoiseRecords, which was reviewed in many publications including New York Music Daily:

“If there’s any star of this album, it’s Young, with his sledgehammer attack on the kick drum: even when the music reaches a lull, he never lets the intensity diminish, and fuels the many crescendos here with a mighty force that somehow manages to be more matter-of-fact than dramatic.” – New York Music Daily

Animation recorded their upcoming release, Machine Language, at Orange Sound Studios in October of 2014 with Bill Laswell on electric bass. It will be released on RareNoise Records (UK). In the Summer of 2014, Matt was invited to be a part of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute for Jazz in Chicago where he studied composition (with Rufus Reid, Curtis Fuller, David Baker, and Nathan Davis) and performed original music with a handful of his peers from around the world. In the Spring of 2015, Matt was a participant of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead 2015 residency program. The two-week-long residency was held at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where he worked with Program Director Jason Moran, and faculty members: Eric Harland, Carmen Lundy, Andre Hayward, Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Revis, and J.D. Allen. Matt has performed internationally including recent performances at the 30th Annual Fajr Int’l Music Festival in Tehran, Iran, the Voll-Damm Jazz Festival in Barcelona and XXIII Festival Internacional de Jazz Ciudad de Almeria in Almeria, Spain, venues in London, England, Canada, Mexico, and all around the US. He has performed with a wide variety of artists such as Jean-Michel Pilc, Mike Stern, Tim Green, Christian McBride, and Tim Hagans to name a few. In 2010, Matt was the first place winner in the “Jazz” category of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Drum Set Competition adjudicated by Jeff Hamilton, Matt Wilson, and Stanton Moore.

Perrin Grace

Perrin Grace currently lives in Manhattan, New York and has performed in 12 of the United States as well as The Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Germany and South Korea. He has performed with great jazz musicians like John Riley, Amina Figarova, Alex Sipiagin and Marc
Mommas. In May of 2016 he received his masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music studying with Jay Anderson and In 2013 he received his bachelors degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas where he performed with the 2 O’Clock Lab Band, concerts including a trio concert with Jean-Michel Pilc and countless creative and commercial projects.

Perrin co-leads AMP Trio along with Addison Frei and Matt Young. AMP trio released their debut album “Flow” and toured the U.S. and Canada in 2013, performing at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in Florida. They performed a series of DFW concerts with Alto Saxophonist Tim Green, Trumpeter John Raymond and Tenor Saxophonist Quamon Fowler. They recorded as the rhythm section on Spenser Liszt’s “Until Further Notice”, Aaron Hedenstrom’s “A Moment of Clarity” and Drew Zaremba’s newest small group album to be released. On Nov. 6, 2015 AMP Trio released their second album “my(our) world” along with a series of videos directed by Andy LaViolette at Mr Magic Carpet Ride Productions. AMP Trio’s last release was be aired on the radio in the U.K., Greece, Canada and across the U.S. AMP Trio has toured every year since 2013 and is preparing for its third album release and international tour this Spring.

Perrin was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan but is a duel citizen of the United States and Canada. His family currently lives in Southampton, Ontario. Perrin was a member of the 2014 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency program directed by Jason Moran, the 2014 Steans Institute at Ravinia Residency with Rufus Reid. He was in the 2015 Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency and traveled to Amsterdam for the 2015 Keep an Eye Jazz Residency.

Tahira Clayton

Known for her honest vocal delivery and charismatic energy on stage, the now New York based vocalist Tahira Clayton is sure to charm any audience set before her. The up and coming vocalist and band leader hails from the Dallas-Fort Worth area where she started performing professionally at the age of 10. Singing in various church bands, Tahira learned how to cultivate her big sound. At the age of 11, Tahira competed and won the University of North Texas Vocal Jazz Camp Scholarship, allowing her to attend the university’s prestigious camp as the youngest ever attendee. Here, she was mentored and directed by Paris Rutherford, Jennifer Barnes, and Rosana Eckert. During her time at this camp Tahira found a love for vocal jazz music that would undoubtedly color the future of her career.

By high school, Tahira was performing in the Grammy Award Winning Plano Senior High School A Cappella choir (PSHS). While performing for PSHS, she was chosen to sing in a choir directed by Anton Armstrong from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Also during this time, Tahira received her first full time job as a vocalist singing for the Roof Raisers Variety Band under the direction of Gene Glover. Through this opportunity, Tahira has sung in countless shows and built an extensive repertoire ranging from straight ahead jazz, big band, R&B, pop rock, and country.

Tahira recorded and performed regularly as the Roof Raisers’ lead vocalist until December of 2015. Tahira currently lends her performance talents to the New York company, the Band Method, playing events for high profile clients nationally and internationally. Tahira has performed as the featured vocalist in some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s most prestigious venues including Bass Hall (Ft. Worth), the House of Blues (Dallas), Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas), as well as events such as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. Tahira was often seen in many of the Dallas area’s most popular local music venues as well, such as the Green House (Denton), the Balcony Club (Dallas), RBC, and the Crown and Harp (Deep Ellum)-leading bands or as a featured vocalist.

As well as being an active performer, Tahira is an in-demand clinician and educator. Working with elementary to high school-aged pop/jazz choirs, Tahira exposes younger minds to song interpretation, group and individual performance technique, as well as group and individual vocal technique. Tahira currently holds a teaching position at Bach To Rock: America’s Music School in New York City, specializing in private voice instruction, beginning piano, and early childhood music. Tahira also holds a teaching position at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, directing 3 choirs throughout New York City.

Tahira is a graduate of the University of North Texas (Class of 2015) where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Jazz. Tahira spent the majority of her degree under the direction of Jennifer Barnes and Rosana Eckert in the Vocal Jazz Studies
program. While at North Texas, Tahira has participated in lectures and master classes from the likes of Kurt Elling, John Clayton, Janis Sigel, members of the Singers Unlimited, Peter Eldridge, and the Real Group, and has performed with Bobby McFerrin. Utilizing the term urban contemporary jazz vocalist, Tahira writes and collaborates on original music projects. Her most frequent collaborations are with with AMP trio (Addison Frei, Matt Young, Perrin Grace), a New York based jazz trio. Together with this group, they have achieved international acclaim, radio play, and recognition; reaching #24 on the Jazz Weekly Charts. She is the featured vocalist on the group’s second album, “m(y)our world,” and recently joined them in headlining a stage at the Rockville Jazz Festival (Feb. 2017). Tahira has also embarked on a tour with the group covering parts of the United States and Canada. As well as working on the AMP Trio project, Tahira has worked on the individual projects of AMP Trio’s pianist, Addison Frei (Intentions, Transit), and bassist, Perrin Grace (Nef). These collaborations have also taken Tahira to venues in New York, Florida, and Kansas.

Recently, Tahira in collaboration with AMP Trio won the DC Jazz Festival’s 2nd annual DC Jazz Prix, a competition aimed at elevating the up and coming jazz artists of the new generation. Tahira Clayton and AMP Trio will perform on the main stage of the DC Jazz Festival in the Summer of 2018. As a band leader in the last year, Tahira has quickly made a mark on other parts of the United States as well. Leading groups in storied venues such as the Cornelia Street Café, the Cell Theatre, Café Noctumbulo, the Kitano (New York), The Jazz Showcase (Chicago), the White House (Orlando), and others, Tahira is establishing herself as a musical force throughout the country. With her unique style, vast knowledge of numerous genres of music, and invaluable performance experience, Tahira has established herself as a true musical force. Tahira continues to write, perform, and record as a jazz vocalist in New York City.