Jay Payette was born and raised in the Chicago area. He has studied drums and percussion since age
9, and received a bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1978. He
played professionally in the Chicago area for many years. As drummer for the Arts Center Jazz
Ensemble at College of DuPage (in west suburban Chicago), he worked with many famous artists such as
Louie Bellson, Ed Shaughnessy, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Terry Gibbs, Michael Brecker, and New York
saxophonist Scott Hamilton.
Payette has lived in Hot Springs since 1999, and in that time he has played in the Hot Springs
Community Band, the Arlington Hotel, the Majestic Hotel, Woodlands Auditorium, Facci's Restaurant
on Central Ave., and with the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra. He leads his own trio, The Real
Thing, and plays with The Phyllis Emert Trio and the Arkansas Jazz Experience, which plays monthly
at the Quapaw Bathhouse. He also plays timpani and sings in the choir at St Luke's Episcopal Church
in Hot Springs, where his wife Lynn is director of music.
Clyde Pound is a Musical Director/Contractor/Arranger/Pianist/Computer Track Arranger. After
attending San Francisco State College as a music major,
Clyde performed with many name entertainers and in hotels and nightclubs throughout the country.
San Francisco: Clyde performed jazz engagements with Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Dave Pell,
Bud Shank, Vido Musso. He also performed with vocalists Chris Conners & Johnny Mathis, and toured
with the Bob Scoby Frisco Jazz Band.
Las Vegas: He performed with several bands including the Dukes of Dixieland, and the house band for
"Viva Les Girls" show at the Dunes Hotel.
Back in San Francisco: Clyde became band leader at the world famous Hungry i nightclub and worked
with Laura Nyro, Mel Torme, Noel Harrison, Bill Cosby, Robert Klein, Richard Pryor, Carol Sloan,
Melanie, Gail Garnett, Tommy Leonetti, Flip Wilson, Jackie Vernon, Professor Erwin Corey, Rod
McKuen, and many others. Clyde worked as voice production pianist at ACT (Actors Conservatory
Theater) and was musical director and conductor for the San Francisco production of "O Calcutta".
Hawaii: Clyde has performed, arranged music and been musical director for Jimmy Borges, Melveen
Leed, John Rowles, Tommy Sands, Carol Kai, Marlene Sai, Sonya Mendez, Emma Very, Teddy & Nanci
Tanaka, Andy Bumatai, Karen Keawehawaii, The Paradise Sisters. Performed with Arthur Lyman, Manu
Bently Show, Kalani Kinamaka, The Surfers, Sydette Sakaui, Johnny Norris, Alli Manu O'Kai,
Flashback Show & Loyal Garner. Jazz gigs with Gabe Baltazar (Stan Kenton). Played & recorded with
guitarist Doug MacDonald.
As a Contractor in Hawaii: Clyde has provided bands for Jim Nabors, Rich Little, Danny Gans, Julie
Budd, The Letterman, Connie Hanies, Dianne Carroll, Vic Damone, Rodger Williams, Joel Grey,
Playboy's Girls of Rock & Roll, The Supremes, Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Fred
Travolena, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Coasters, Maureen McGovern, Smokey Robinson, Dionne
Warwick, Bert Bacharach, Rita Moreno, Jack Jones, Andy Williams, Scott Record, Clint Holmes, Frank
Gorshin, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Toni Tenille, Bob Hope, Hal Linden, Benny King, Marvin
Hamlish, Linda Eder, Don Rickles, Natalie Cole & Wayne Newton.
Recording Credits: Arranged & performed on over 30 recordings in Hawaii for Bill Keiwa, Slack Sax,
Kit Sampson, Johnny Fernandez, Penny Silva, Herb Ohta Jonathan, Bob Nelson, George Paoa, Jessie
Naaoka, Sydette Sakaui, Karen Keawehawaii, Alli Manu O'Kai, Melveen Leed, Carol Yoon & many more.
Clyde created the sequenced music for the shows "Bodies In Motion" & "Basic Training".
Bill Huntington is a jazz musician, who has done it all! He began playing banjo at the age of 12,
and at 16, he recorded traditional jazz with Percy Humphrey, the leader of the Preservation Hall
Band in New Orleans and Ken Colyer, the British trumpeter.
He switched to guitar at 16, influenced by modern jazz recordings of Charlie Christian, Bud Powell
and others. In 1960, he was featured in Down Beat magazine as a guitarist, described as "the
recapitulation of the history of jazz itself."
In the 60's and 70's, a scarcity of guitar gigs, led him to switch to bass on which he has done
numerous shows with jazz notables such as Carmen McCrae, Helen O'Connell, Mel Torme, Cannonball
Adderly, Woody Shaw, Herb Ellis, Lockjaw Davis, Herbie Hancock, and many, many others.
He has toured with Ellis Marsalis, Al Hirt, Johnny Mathis, Jack Jones, Bennie Wallace, Pete
Fountain, and the big bands of Jimmy Dorsey and Woody Herman, to name a few.
He has recorded with Ellis Marsalis, Bennie Wallace, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Al Hirt,
Pete Fountain, Mose Allison, Banu Gibson, Dr. John, Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton (Grammy winner)
and hundreds of others.
He taught in the department of Jazz Studies at Loyola University and University of New Orleans for
over 25 years.
He was on tour in Europe when Katrina hit and is currently living in Hot Springs Village.
Shirley Chauvin was a vocal major at North Texas University in Denton, Texas,
with an emphasis in jazz music studies.
Chauvin has toured the South and Mid-West with Buddy Morrow, Les Elgart, Charlie
Barnett, Paul Neighbors and others. She managed and conducted her own Jazz
Fusion and Swing Ensembles. She was also the opening act at the "Summertop"
series in Dallas, Texas for Dionne Warwick, John Davidson and Mel Torme. In Las
Vegas she was guest vocalist with "Sorta Dixie Jazz Band".
Currently Chauvin is involved with several jazz productions in Little Rock and
Dallas, Texas She appears regularly with her own combo, "S'WONDERFUL", at State wide venues sponsored
by the Arkansas Arts On Tour program. "S' WONDERFUL” has also show-cased at the Village Club, Cirrus
Lounge and the Chateaubriand in Dallas and the Holiday Inn Pyramid in Albuquerque.
Shirley is a member of the Arkansas Symphony Big Band and also performed with the Abilene Philharmonic
orchestra in May 2009.
Chauvin's tour schedule includes the Dallas based Glen Dorsey Orchestra, the
Hot Springs and Little Rock based Stardust Big Band and guest appearances with
The Dallas Jazz Orchestra and Galen Jeter's "Wild Herd" concert series. She
joined the Scott Air Force Band "Shades of Blue" Jazz ensemble tour of Arkansas in 1999 and 2000 and
performed with them at the Eureka Springs and the Hot
Springs JazzFest 2009. She is the featured vocalist in concert with the Arkansas Jazz Orchestra.
Her Jazz Festival credits include the 1994 Riverfest in Little Rock, Eureka Springs
fest with the AFB "Shades of Blue" in 1995, the Albuquerque Jazz Jubilee in 1996,
the Hot Springs Jazz Fest in 1 997 through 2002 and with the Glen Dorsey Orchestra
at the Enid and Shawnee, Oklahoma Jazz Fests in 2001 and 2002. Shirley made guest
appearances with the Navy "Strernwheel" band at the Hot Springs jazz fest in 2000
Chauvin's unique style is truly her own. Her interpretation of the classic jazz
big band charts is upbeat and contemporary. She lends a sensuous sultry blues
feel to the ballads and vocalizes with humor on the special material in her repertoire.
For schedule or booking information call: 501-767-5482