John and Jeff Clayton prove conclusively that talent and creativity often are genetic or at least familial. Their Grammy-nominated quintet, Clayton Brothers, was originally founded in 1977, and while their paths occasionally diverge, the brothers continue to share a common musical vision that draws them together. Two projects are ongoing: the quintet, favored by multi-instrumentalist Jeff, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, the brainchild of bassist John (perhaps because of his early experience in the bands of Count Basie, Woody Herman and Lionel Hampton) in collaboration with drummer Jeff Hamilton. Both aggregations are highly acclaimed and widely recorded. But it is the quintet that is the vehicle for the performance for South Florida JAZZ. Two of their more recent recordings were nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group – Brother to Brother (2009) and The New Song and Dance (2010). The latest CD, The Gathering, has guests Stefon Harris and Wycliffe Gordon (2012) augmenting the band. There is a classic, ebullient Clayton Brothers sound that blends each instrument each instrument in the band.
A Grammy‐awarded artist, John Clayton began his serious study of jazz bass at age 16 under the tutelage of Ray Brown, but also he held the principal bass chair in the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and as the Artistic Director of Jazz for the LA Philharmonic. He has played with and/or written and arranged music for Milt Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole, Michael Bublé, and others.
Reed player, Jeff Clayton studied oboe at Cal State, but plays predominately alto sax and flute. He has been a touring and studio musician, recording important pop albums with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle, Earth Wind & Fire, and Madonna in addition to his extensive jazz credentials, which also include Kurt Elling.
The quintet consists of John's son, rising-star pianist Gerald Clayton (also Grammy-nominated for his own work); Terell Stafford, the highly-regarded trumpeter-flugelhornist with the pure, gorgeous sound; and drummer Obed Calvaire kicking the band in all the right places. The result is an elegant, swinging post-modern jazz band with a traditional in-the-pocket groove that makes audiences feel good.
Jeff Clayton - alto sax, flute
Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by a grant from the Broward County Board of County