John Clayton

Real Name:
John Lee Clayton Jr.
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John Clayton (born August 20, 1952, Venice, California, USA) is an African-American jazz bassist, arranger, bandleader and educator.

His most influential teacher was Ray Brown, who gave John the opportunities of playing in gigs and shows. John said: "I had to learn all of my major, minor, whole tone and diminished scales, as well as all of my chord types (major triads, minor triads, dominant 7ths, minor 7ths, diminished 7ths and augmented 7ths). He also made me learn as many jazz and standard tunes as I could."

He then became involved with the Monty Alexander Trio for 2 years (1975-77), Count Basie Orchestra for another 2 years (late 1977-79), and Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Holland for 5 years. Upon returning to Los Angeles, John wanted to try his hand at film scoring but became a studio bassist for 75-piece orchestras that played soundtrack music that was in John's opinion "quite mediocre". He quit that scene.

The Clayton Brothers was founded in 1977 with his brother, altoist Jeff Clayton (3). While their paths would sometimes diverge, the brothers continued to share a common musical vision that would draw them back together. The group has been a quartet, quintet and even a sextet at different points in time. John Clayton is the father of Gerald Clayton.

Do not confuse John Clayton with John Clayton (2), an Indie rock bass guitar player.
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Albums

CJ-231-C Reunion In Europe — John Clayton Monty Alexander - John Clayton - Jeff Hamilton Monty Alexander - John Clayton - Jeff Hamilton - Reunion In Europe (Album) Concord Jazz CJ-231-C Germany 1984 Sell This Version
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GML-CD4808 Li'l Darlin — John Clayton Monty Alexander Featuring Jone Clayton*, Jeff Hamilton Monty Alexander Featuring Jone Clayton*, Jeff Hamilton - Li'l Darlin(CD) GML (4), Lob GML-CD4808 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
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#74024-2 The Jiggs Up — John Clayton Jiggs Whigham, Bud Shank, John Clayton, George Cables, Jeff Hamilton Jiggs Whigham, Bud Shank, John Clayton, George Cables, Jeff Hamilton - The Jiggs Up (Album) Capri Records (6) #74024-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
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KR 7000CD Still Of The Night — John Clayton Bruce Forman Featuring John Clayton, Jr.* & Albert "Tootie" Heath* Bruce Forman Featuring John Clayton, Jr.* & Albert "Tootie" Heath* - Still Of The Night(CD, Album) Kamei Recordings KR 7000CD US 1991 Sell This Version
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GML-20161 Super Bass — John Clayton Ray Brown, John Clayton Ray Brown, John Clayton - Super Bass (Album) Capri Records (6) GML-20161 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
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CD-83393 SuperBass — John Clayton Ray Brown With John Clayton & Christian McBride Ray Brown With John Clayton & Christian McBride - SuperBass (Album) Telarc CD-83393 US 1997 Sell This Version
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CD-83483 SuperBass 2 — John Clayton Ray Brown, John Clayton, Christian McBride Ray Brown, John Clayton, Christian McBride - SuperBass 2 (Album) Telarc Jazz CD-83483 US 2001 Sell This Version
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MR545 Midnight Coffee — John Clayton Bert Dalton, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton Bert Dalton, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton - Midnight Coffee(CD) Trialog Records MR545 US 2001 Sell This Version
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BVCJ-34018 Another Break — John Clayton Mitsuaki Kishi, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton Mitsuaki Kishi, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton - Another Break(CD, Album) Novus J BVCJ-34018 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
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BHM 1027-2, BHH-CD-10285 Blues & Beyond — John Clayton WDR Big Band Köln feat. Joe Williams / Milt Jackson w/ Cedar Walton, John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton WDR Big Band Köln feat. Joe Williams / Milt Jackson w/ Cedar Walton, John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton - Blues & Beyond (Album) BHM Productions, BHM Productions BHM 1027-2, BHH-CD-10285 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
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BHM 1023-1 The World Of Duke Ellington Vol.2 — John Clayton WDR Big Band Köln Conducted By John Clayton Featuring Dianne Reeves, Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Benny Green WDR Big Band Köln Conducted By John Clayton Featuring Dianne Reeves, Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Benny Green - The World Of Duke Ellington Vol.2 (Album) BHM Productions, ZYX Music BHM 1023-1 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
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AM1050 2 Skylark — John Clayton Tom Lellis And The Metropole Orchestra*, John Clayton Tom Lellis And The Metropole Orchestra*, John Clayton - Skylark(CD, Album) Adventure Music AM1050 2 US 2009 Sell This Version
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022011 Better Get Hit In Your Soul A Tribute To Charles Mingus — John Clayton Metropole Orkest* olv John Clayton , Solisten: Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig, Ronnie Cuber Metropole Orkest* olv John Clayton , Solisten: Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig, Ronnie Cuber - Better Get Hit In Your Soul A Tribute To Charles Mingus (Album) BHM Productions 022011 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
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IOR CD 77060-2 The L.A.Session — John Clayton Paul Kuhn With John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton Paul Kuhn With John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton - The L.A.Session (Album) In+Out Records IOR CD 77060-2 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
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ASO 124 Parlor Series — John Clayton John Clayton With Gerald Clayton John Clayton With Gerald Clayton - Parlor Series(CD, Album, Ltd) ArtistShare ASO 124 US 2013 Sell This Version
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74158-2 Major Influence — John Clayton Graham Dechter, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Tamir Hendelman Graham Dechter, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Tamir Hendelman - Major Influence(CD, Album) Capri Records (6) 74158-2 US 2021 Sell This Version
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none Reunion! — John Clayton Bruce Forman With John Clayton And Jeff Hamilton Bruce Forman With John Clayton And Jeff Hamilton - Reunion!(CD, Album) B4Man Music none US 2021 Sell This Version
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MCGJ1056 Tone Paintings - The Music Of Dodo Marmarosa — John Clayton Craig Davis (17) With John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton Craig Davis (17) With John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton - Tone Paintings - The Music Of Dodo Marmarosa (Album) MCG Jazz MCGJ1056 US 2022 Sell This Version
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TRCD-555 A Song For Marion — John Clayton Jon Nagourney Quartet Featuring Kenny Barron, Dick Berk, John Clayton Jon Nagourney Quartet Featuring Kenny Barron, Dick Berk, John Clayton - A Song For Marion(CDr, Album) Trend (3) TRCD-555 US Unknown Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

none Get Ready — John Clayton Edsilia Rombley, Metropole Orkest* Conducted By John Clayton Edsilia Rombley, Metropole Orkest* Conducted By John Clayton - Get Ready(CDr, Promo) DEMP Music none Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version