12th Annual Jackie McLean Memorial Virtual Celebration Concert Features Clifton Anderson Sextet with Special Guest René McLean

After a long, arduous year and a half, the Artists Collective is extremely thankful to have survived. We are eternally grateful to present a Jackie McLean Memorial Celebration Concert in this, his 90th year. There is much to celebrate, many to remember, and so much to be thankful for. With all of this in mind, the Artists Collective is pleased to present the Clifton Anderson Sextet with special guest Rene’ McLean in a virtual performance on Thursday, October 21st, 2021, at 8:00 p.m.

Clifton Anderson was born on October 5, 1957, in Harlem, New York City. He grew up surrounded by music. His father was a church organist/choir director, and his mother a singer and pianist. It was no surprise that Clifton exhibited an affinity for music at an early age. When he was just seven years old, he received his first trombone, a gift from his uncle, the legendary Sonny Rollins. From that time on, he was destined to accomplish great things in music.

He is an alumnus of the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and The Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under renowned Metropolitan Opera trombonist John Clark. It was around this time that Slide Hampton formed the original World of Trombones, the group that would become the standard by which all jazz trombone choirs were measured. Clifton has recorded and toured with his own groups since 2009. He has released four solo recordings under his name, ​And So We Carry On, ​ Decade, ​ L​andmarks​, and newly released B​een Down This Road Before.

Throughout his musical career, Clifton Anderson has performed or recorded with a “who’s who” of diverse musical giants such as: McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Lester Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Merv Griffin, Keith Richards, Paul Simon, The Mighty Sparrow, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wallace Roney, Abdullah Ibrahim and T.S. Monk, to name a few.

Widely regarded for his work with his uncle, Clifton toured with him worldwide and has appeared on ten of his recordings and also produced three CDs and one DVD for Sonny Rollins’ DOXY record label. Clifton's playing, writing, and musical concepts are the embodiment of his musical travels and life experiences. He is well known for his rich personal sound on the trombone and his astute abilities as a composer and musical interpreter.

Joining Clifton Anderson for this virtual performance will be Antoine Roney, reeds, Edsel Gomez, piano, Beldon Bullock, bass, Ronnie Burrage, drums, Victor See Yuen, percussion; with special guest Rene’ McLean, flutes and reeds.

Tickets are $25 and are available online only through

This performance will be available on demand Thursday, October 21st through midnight October 28, 2021 EDT. Call the Artists Collective (860) 527-3205 for more information.

The Jackie McLean Virtual Memorial Concert Celebration, featuring Clifton Anderson, is made possible with the generous support of: The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation with additional program support from: New England Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, the JazzNet Initiative funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the City of Hartford, Luke Bronin, Mayor.

About Jackie McLean

The celebrated world-renowned alto saxophonist, composer, educator, and community activist, Jackie McLean, has been an enduring force in jazz since the early 1950s and a distinguished educator since the 1960s. His legacy continues today.

During his lifetime, Jackie McLean garnered numerous national and international awards, including: Paris, France, Minister of Culture, Jack Lang Medal Officer de L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Letters, Trinity College Honorary Doctorate, an American Jazz Master Honor from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hartford (posthumous).

The African American Music Department at the Hartt School, University of Hartford, was founded by Jackie McLean in 1968 and was renamed the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in 2000. Jackie McLean initiated the founding of the Artists Collective, Inc. in 1970. Both institutions hold an exclusive place in the world for being founded by a living jazz musician and existing for over five decades. He was actively involved with both institutions until March 2006. Jackie McLean was born May 17, 1931, and would have been 90 years old this year.
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