If you want a real treat this month make your way to Spaghettini’s Jazz Club in Seal Beach, CA to hear Rayford Griffin performing music from his newly released album titled ‘Reflections of Brownie’ (a Tribute to his uncle CLIFFORD BROWN) on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Show begins at 8:00 p.m.
Playing with Rayford will be Dontae Winslow – Trumpet, Kieth McKelly – Saxophone, Hans Zermuehlen – Keyboards and Sekou Bunch – Bass.
This amazing percussionist, composer and producer has roots that extend back to the most revolutionary era of jazz – be bop – thanks to his uncle: the great trumpeter/composer Clifford Brown. In that spirit, Rayford just completed “Reflections of Brownie” – his second album as a leader and his first since 2003’s Rebirth of the Cool
Rayford Griffin has been internationally respected as among the most inventive, volcanic and versatile drummers in music, having amassed stellar credits with virtuosos ranging from Jean-Luc Ponty and The Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, to Dave Koz, Anita Baker and Michael Jackson to name a few.
Rayford is currently touring with Prog-fusion supergroup the Anderson Ponty Band . Yes founding member/vocalist Jon Anderson and revered jazz fusion violinist Jean Luc Ponty.
The AndersonPonty Band Featuring Music Icons Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty on tour with their new CD/DVD “Better Late Than Never”. With Rayford Griffin – drums, Wally Minko – keyboards, Baron Browne – bass and Jamie Glaser on guitar. Check out the tour schedule here.
Sunnie Paxson and Mark Vincent All Star Band
Saturday September 5, 2015 at 3:30pm
featuring Rayford Griffin on Drums, Sunnie Paxson on Piano, Mark Vincent on Guitar, Rock Deadrick as Guest Vocalist & Percussionist and Sekou Bunch on Bass.
‘1st Annual MADCatfish Blues Festival’ Jumps Off Labor Day Weekend, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. The event boasts a two-day line-up of Blues music luminaries Sat-Sun, September 5 and 6. 11am-6pm.
World class drummer Rayford Griffin’s tribute to his uncle, the late great trumpeter Clifford Brown. Blending the old with the new, this contemporary jazz offering re-imagines and updates the Clifford Brown classics and other titles from the hard bop era. By Chris DiGirolamo, TwofortheShowMedia.com
The latest tribute is a touching album by one of Brown’s nephews, Rayford Griffin, an accomplished drummer who works with Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz. Griffin’s album is unique in that it pays tribute through re-invention. – By Brian Zimmerman, DownBeat.com
The fiery performances are climaxed by Brown’s composition “Joy Spring” and a dazzling series of solos that pay tribute to the maturity of Brown’s compositional integrity. Overall, Rayford Griffin does his uncle proud and after hearing Reflections of Brownie, you will smile that proud smile too. – By Paula Edelstein AXS.com
Rayford Griffin’s second album as leader, Reflections Of Brownie, pays homage to his uncle, the late great trumpeter, Clifford Brown. Painting standard tunes with a modern brush, you get the best of both worlds: timeless melodies and a killer groove. Nate Brown from DRUM! Magazine Groove Analysis is going over the groove from ‘Willow Weep For Me’ and breaks down the beat and rhythm.
“Griffin brings Brown’s beautiful ballad to life by wisely choosing to play a Bernard Purdie-influenced half-time shuffle underneath”