Bassist/Composer/Arranger John Clayton along with his brother Alto Saxophonist John have been some of the most requested musicians in the business for almost 30 years. Whether playing with artists as diverse as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Nancy Wilson, Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, and Dee Dee Bridgewater; these guys are also an extremely successful jazz group playing to sold out clubs around the world. In addition to being inseparable as brothers, pianist Gerald Clayton (son of John), continues to add fresh and innovative voice to this tight musical ensemble. The Clayton Brother Quartet also features trumpeter Terell Stafford and drummer Obed Calvaire.
The Venice, California natives were exposed to jazz music at an early age by their uncle who had an extensive jazz record collection. Some of their favorites were the Adderley Brothers, Les McCann and Eddie Harris, and soul music that dominated radio during the late 1960’s. The two pursued jazz studies in high school and upon graduation they majored in music in college.
Both John and Jeff received apprentices with the Count Basie Orchestra where they developed a deeper appreciation for the music as well as gained valuable musical experience. The decided to form the Clayton Brothers Quartet in 1978 as a means to play together as well as grow as musicians and composers.
John is the Artistic Director of Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Grammy-Award Winner for 2008 Instrumental Arrangement for vocalist Queen Latifah’s “I’m Gonna Live Till I Die.”
Their latest ArtistShare release “The New Song and Dance” is available on i Tunes as well as CD Universe. For upcoming tour dates visit them on the web at johnclaytonjazz.com