Alex Claffy with special guest Kate Kay Es

Fri, Mar 8, 2019

Alex Claffy with special guest Kate Kay Es

with Alex Claffy

Kate Kay Es is an Australian musician/songwriter based in Brookyln, New York. She was raised by her jazz musician father and social justice activist mother. Kay Es was immersed in the music of John Coltrane, Weather Report, Chaka Kahn, Luther Vandros, Anita Baker, Michael Jackson and Joni Mitchell from birth. She began playing the piano, saxophone, singing and songwriting when she was 4 years old. She studied jazz piano at university in Melbourne, Australia before moving to New York City to pursue her career as a recording artist and songwriter. She has also performed as side woman with artists such as Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, Ricki Lee Jones, James Morrison, Ghost Face Killah (Wutang Clan), Jamie Foxx, Macklemore and Kesha playing keyboards, saxophone and singing. Kay Es will release her debut EP in 2018.

Alex Claffy

Alexander Claffy was raised in a musical household (his father is a pianist, his mother, a vocalist), and had many of his earliest lessons on bandstands in the heart of Philadelphia. As a teenager, Claffy was fortunate enough to find a mentor in Philly native Mike Boone, and has continued his study of the double bass with some of the world's finest musicians, including Ron Carter, Dwayne Burno, Ben Wolfe, Orin O'Brien and Gregg August. Since moving to New York City in 2011, he has had the honor of working with many of his living heroes, including Johnny O'Neal, Louis Hayes, Sean Jones, Russell Malone, Wallace Roney, Ralph Peterson, Jr., J.D. Allen, Stacy Dillard, Bruce Harris, Duane Eubanks, Emmet Cohen, Benny Bennack III, and Orrin Evans on whose 2013 release "[It Was Beauty]" he made his recording debut. Alex also appears on three forthcoming records in 2014: JD ALLEN'S "BLOOM" and Ralph Peterson Jr.'s "Alive at Firehouse 12: Volume II", and Ben Eunson's "Autumn". Alexander resides in Harlem.