Cool and Smooth with a twist of Jazz!Urban contemporary jazz artist, Composer, Educator, Arranger and Multi-instrumentalist Alvin Clayton Pope plays drums, guitar, alto/tenor sax, and piano as well as sings lead and background vocals. The music is danceable, cool, smooth jazz, and includes influences of Latin, Pop, Soul and is great for events for people from all walks of life. Full of funk and groove, it’s music that gets you in a feel good mood!
“The one thing about music is you never know where the journey will take you!” Alvin often shares this thought with his students as a music educator. Alvin began as a drummer but found that he also enjoyed the timbre of other instruments. He now plays drums, guitar, alto/tenor sax, and piano as well as sings lead and background vocals on numerous works.
“As a child I’d hear a song and ask myself what is the composer trying to say? How can I get into their head as a listener?” Composition came early in the form of instrumentals and continued with ensemble works of various genres. Alvin now composes and arranges music in Jazz, Pop, and Gospel just to name a few.
Being a life long learner, Alvin ventured into audio engineering for live sound. While earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education, Alvin worked on acquiring knowledge in the field of recording by working with various independent artists in both commercial and non-commercial studios.
“People usually ask me what is my favorite style of music . . . I like many genres that stretch across numerous decades.” From classical to Jazz to Hip Hop and beyond, Alvin enjoys the arts forms as a listener and artist. Musically, he has performed Classical, Gospel, Rock, Pop, Country and Jazz. His influences include but are not limited to Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and many more.
Alvin continues to compose, write and record music for television, film, emerging artists and solo projects.