John Clayton

John Clayton

Real Name:
John Lee Clayton Jr.
Profile:
African-American jazz bassist, arranger, bandleader and educator. Whether as an articulate spokesman for the music or functioning as part of a rhythm section, John Clayton is a major force. Born in Venice (near Los Angeles) in 1952, John Clayton picked up the double-bass at junior high school as part of his chosen music elective course and mastered the fundamentals quickly.

Years later, John's most influential teacher was to be 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."

John 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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John Clayton Discography Tracks

Albums

Monty Alexander - John Clayton - Jeff Hamilton Monty Alexander - John Clayton - Jeff Hamilton - Reunion In Europe (Album) Concord Jazz US 1984 Sell This Version
CCD-4422 Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Ed Thigpen Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Ed Thigpen - The River (CD, Album) Concord Jazz CCD-4422 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Ray Brown, John Clayton Ray Brown, John Clayton - Super Bass (Album) Capri Records (6) US 1992 Sell This Version
Ray Brown With John Clayton & Christian McBride Ray Brown With John Clayton & Christian McBride - SuperBass (Album) Telarc US 1997 Sell This Version
Ray Brown, John Clayton, Christian McBride Ray Brown, John Clayton, Christian McBride - SuperBass 2 (Album) Telarc US 2001 Sell This Version
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 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
022011 Metropole Orkest* O.l.v. John Clayton , Solisten: Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig, Ronnie Cuber Metropole Orkest* O.l.v. John Clayton , Solisten: Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig, Ronnie Cuber - De Muziek Van Charles Mingus(CD, Album, Promo) Jazzism Magazine 022011 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
BHM 1062-2 Metropole Orkest*, Randy Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, Conrad Herwig, John Clayton Metropole Orkest*, Randy Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, Conrad Herwig, John Clayton - Better Get Hit In Your Soul A Tribute To Charles Mingus(2xCD, Album) BHM Productions BHM 1062-2 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
Paul Kuhn With John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton Paul Kuhn With John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton - The L.A.Session (Album) In+Out Records Germany 2013 Sell This Version
ASO 124 John Clayton With Gerald Clayton John Clayton With Gerald Clayton - Parlor Series(CD, Ltd) ArtistShare ASO 124 US 2013 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none 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

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