Award Winning Jazz Musician Jim Clayton Guests On Harvey Brownstone Interviews

Jim Clayton is a highly accomplished, award-winning jazz pianist, music director and vocalist whose singular repertoire is a mix of standards, reimagined pop classics, and his own original songs, all delivered with a distinct New Orleans jazz vibe.

His first 5 albums are all instrumental: “Muskoka: Jim Clayton’s Greenhouse”, “Songs My Daughter Knows” and “Lenny Jumps In”, both of which scored high on North American Jazz Radio charts, and 2 collaborations with guitarist Andrew Scott entitled, “August” and “So Nice”, winning Best Jazz Recording at the Canadian Urban Music Awards, and TWICE winning Group Of The Year at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. And his brand new album, “Look Out”, marks his vocal debut. The album, recorded in New Orleans with jazz heavyweights Herlin Riley on drums and Amina Scott on bass, includes a great mix of jazz standards like “This Can’t be Love”, reinvented pop classics like “Moon River”, “Time in a Bottle”, and “Every Breath You Take”, and theme songs from his youth including “Rainbow Connection”, the “Spiderman” theme and even a song from MASH.

Prior to the pandemic, Jim Clayton had a very successful career as a pianist and music director. He spent a decade as music director for the world renowned Second City theatre company, entertaining audiences around the globe. He’s worked with Martin Short, Dan Ackroyd, Deborah Cox, and many others, and his music has been heard internationally on radio, in film, and on television. And then, during the pandemic, he began giving vocal performances at the piano, from his home, on social media. In a show that became known as “Jim’s Piano Bar”, he gave more than 750 online performances, quickly becoming a global sensation, with tens of thousands of new followers. Before he knew it, he was in demand everywhere as a performer, he signed on with a new manager, and he recorded the new album. Downbeat Magazine called his music “warm, happy and soulful”, and we couldn’t agree more.

Harvey Brownstone is a retired judge of the Ontario Court of Justice and was the first openly gay judge in Canada. He is also the bestselling author of "Tug of War: A Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles and the Bitter Realities of Family Court" and hosted "Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone," a television talk show on matters involving the family justice system.

​After a distinguished legal career, Harvey was appointed a judge at the age of 38 in 1995.  He has presided in family and criminal courts.   He has been a trailblazer in several ways.  He was the first openly gay judge in Canada.  He was the first sitting judge in the world to write a national best seller and to host a TV talk show.  

​Harvey has been a role model and icon in the LGBTQ community.  When same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada in 2003, he was the only judge to make himself publicly available to officiate at weddings for lesbian and gay couples travelling to Toronto from all over the world to get married.  In 2007, he officiated at the wedding of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, the American couple whose marriage triggered the 2013 United States Supreme Court decision overturning the definition of "spouse" in the federal Defence of Marriage Act.  

​In February 2021, Harvey launched his online talk show "Harvey Brownstone Interviews" on his own YouTube channel. He saw this as an interesting hobby.   Within several months, the show attracted hundreds of thousands - and then eventually, millions - of viewers.  Because of the overwhelming success of the show, Harvey decided to retire from the judiciary on December 31, 2021 after having presided as a full-time judge for 26 1/2 years.  Free from the constraints imposed upon judges regarding the expression of opinions and the endorsement of private enterprise, Harvey now happily devotes his full-time attention to hosting "Harvey Brownstone Interviews" as a regular member of the public - albeit one with a rather illustrious and unique career history.  

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