The Petty-Drayton Music Program was established to provide free, high-caliber music education to under-served students at The Norwalk Art Space. The Program will offer after-school music courses starting in January 2023, on subjects ranging from guitar, to vocal technique, to improvisation, arrangement, ear training, and performance skills. The goal is to supplement TNAS’s free visual art classes and to further enrich the Art Space environment with comprehensive access to music. We are thrilled this will be facilitated in partnership with INTEMPO, a leader in music education and an incredible resource to the Norwalk community.
THE PETTY-DRAYTON MUSIC PROGRAM
at The Norwalk Art Space in partnership with
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Dec 11 - Dec 17
About Tom Petty
Best known for a 40 year career in popular music. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the release of their self-titled 1976 debut started a decades-long and extremely successful run, highlighted by multi-platinum albums that featured the now-classic singles “American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and “Learning to Fly." In 1989, Petty embarked on an equally successful solo career, delivering memorable music videos to hits like “Free Fallin’” and "Runnin' Down a Dream." Petty also collaborated with other legendary rockers, including the Traveling Wilburys, Stevie Nicks and Johnny Cash, earning three Grammy Awards for his work over the years.The late Tom Petty’s great passion was in music, mentorship and belonging to the music community. In addition to his prolific career, he enjoyed teaching and studying music and music production until he passed away in 2017. He learned music in his hometown music store and was self-taught and self-made bolstered by the strength of his community. His family honors his passion with direct community charitable giving across the US. His songs and recordings live on to inspire and uplift many people's lives.
About Bernard Drayton
Hailing from Brooklyn, Bernard Drayton has been a powerhouse in commercial music behind the scenes for decades. Shepherding in ad campaigns with over $1 billion dollars in billings. Bernard is also a fine art photographer and has served on the board of Brooklyn Hospital for over 20 years in service to his community.
Bernard is widely credited with opening the door for minorities and infusing mainstream commercials with the music of different cultures. Bernard has helmed projects with some of the industry's best musicians like, Cissy Houston, Bill Withers and Luther Vandross to name a few. His tasteful collaborations with originators from jazz, gospel, blues, r&b and hip-hop to create jingles for America’s largest brands set a new standard in his industry.
Drayton has been immersed in music his whole life and hails from a musical family, starting with his musician father Charles Drayton, a musician in the golden era of jazz with the likes of Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Lena Horne, and Billy Taylor, as well as recording numerous records including “An American in Paris.” Drayton’s brother Leslie, also a musician, is an original member of Earth, Wind and Fire and has worked with Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones. And Drayton’s son Charley is currently a world class session and touring musician. As well as a producer who has worked with Herbie Hancock, Fiona Apple, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan and many others.
Bernard who is now retired will lend vital hands-on energy to this program with his vast network, experience, taste and distinctive warmth and charm.