A native of Anderson and a longtime Charleston musician, virtuosic guitarist and composer Clay Ross spent years studying and playing jazz at CofC and around the local scene before relocating to New York in 2002. After touring and recording with revered Brazilian bandleader Cyro Baptista and the ensemble Beat the Donkey, Ross delved into an array of Brazilian styles, learning the rhythms, phrases, and personalities of modern and contemporary folk, blues, and jazz. Currently, his versatile N.Y.C.-based ensemble Matuto handles plenty of material inspired by Brazilian and Latin music with some unexpectedly twangy bluegrass and old-time bits in there as well. The Matuto lineup included Rob Curto (accordion), Rob Hecht (fiddle), Skip Ward (bass), Tim Keiper (drums), and Ze Mauricio (percussion). They hit the stage with a set of original pieces and exotic renditions at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
T. Ballard Lesemann