John Clayton (bassist)

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John Lee Clayton Jr.
Jiggs Wigham & John Clayton.jpg
Jiggs Whigham and John Clayton, Otter Crest, Oregon. May 1989. Photo courtesy of the Fraser MacPherson estate
Background information
Birth name John Clayton, Jr.
Born (1952-08-20)August 20, 1952
Venice, California, U.S.
Origin USA
Genres Jazz, Classical music
Occupation(s) Double bassist, Classical bassist
Instruments Double bass
Labels ArtistShare
Verve Records
Associated acts Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, Jessica Molaskey, John Pizzarelli

John Lee Clayton Jr. (born August 20, 1952) is an American jazz and classical double bassist.

Music[edit]

John Clayton on bass backing his son Gerald Clayton on piano

John Lee Clayton Jr. began seriously undertaking the study of double bass at age 16, studying with bass legend Ray Brown. By age 19, he had become a bassist on Henry Mancini's television series The Mancini Generation and later graduated in 1975 from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music with a degree in bass performance.

He went on to tour with the Monty Alexander Trio and the Count Basie Orchestra before taking the position of principal bass in the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam, Netherlands. However, after five years he returned to the U.S. for a break from the classical genre to work more towards jazz and jazz composition. He soon founded the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with his saxophonist brother Jeff Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton. He and his brother also founded The Clayton Brothers which has featured noted instrumentalists such as Bill Cunliffe and Terell Stafford.

From 1999 to 2001 he served as Artistic Director of the Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic program at the Hollywood Bowl and has also conducted the All-Alaska Jazz Band.

He currently serves as Artistic Director for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival,[1] Sarasota Jazz Festival, Santa Fe Jazz Party, Jazz Port Townsend Summer Workshop,[2] and Vail Jazz Workshop. He also teaches at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and presides as president over the 1,500 member International Bassists Society (IBS).

He has composed and/or arranged for such notable artists as The Count Basie Orchestra, Diana Krall, Whitney Houston, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Ernestine Anderson, Quincy Jones, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole, and The Tonight Show Band.

His son, Gerald Clayton, is an accomplished jazz pianist, placing second in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in 2006.

John Clayton was interviewed by Linus Wyrsch on "The Jazz Hole" for breakthruradio.com in September 2013 - John Clayton Interview by breakthruradio.com

Grammys[edit]

In 2007, John Clayton won a Grammy for Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die,"(Queen Latifah) John Clayton, arranger. In December 2009 Brother To Brother by The Clayton Brothers received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group category.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Seattle Times: "Hampton fest gets new director"
  2. ^ Jazz at Centrum: "Artistic Director: John Clayton"