Bassist John Clayton, Jr. and his two-years-younger sibling, saxophonist Jeff Clayton, play straight-ahead jazz. The brothers had been born and elevated in Venice, CA. John used bass in junior senior high school, while Jeff started playing clarinet at nine, switching to saxophone at 14. John became a member of Monty Alexander’s trio after graduating from university in the middle-’70s, and in 1977 transferred to Count number Basie’s music group; Jeff also used Basie. The Claytons started working jointly as an organization in 1978, issuing their debut record, Clayton Brothers, on Concord Information, implemented in 1980 by It’s All in the Family members. After their stints using the Basie Orchestra, both brothers used a number of jazz and pop performers. In 1985, with drummer Jeff Hamilton, they released the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Their third record because the Clayton Brothers, The Music, found its way to 1991. Because of this time, the group was a quartet done by Hamilton and pianist Costs Cunliffe. Herlin Riley changed Hamilton for 1997’s Expressions following the Claytons agreed upon to Qwest Information, but Hamilton was back the drummer’s seat for 2000’s Siblingity, which proclaimed the group’s enlargement to some quintet by adding trumpeter Terell Stafford. The group implemented up with 2005’s Back the Golf swing of Factors and 2008’s Sibling to Sibling. The Clayton Brothers’ 2010 album, THE BRAND NEW Tune and Dance, was nominated for the Grammy Award.
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