Clayton, John

John Clayton is a natural born multitasker. The multiple roles in which he excels -- composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and yes, extraordinary bass ist -- garner him a number of challenging assignments and commissions. With a Grammy on his shelf and eight additional nominations, artists such as Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, and Charles Aznavour vie for a spot on his crowded calendar.

He began his bass career in elementary school playing in strings class, junior orchestra, high school jazz band, orchestra, and soul/R&B groups. In 1969, at the age of 16, he enrolled in bassist Ray Brown's jazz class at UCLA, beginning a close relationship that lasted more than three decades. After graduating from Indiana University's School of Music with a degree in bass performance in 1975, he toured with the Monty Alexander Trio (1975 - 77), the Count Basie Orchestra (1977 - 79), and settled in as principal bassist with the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam, Netherlands (1980 - 85). He was also a bass instructor at The Royal Conservatory, The Hague, Holland from 1980 - 83.

In 1985 he returned to Cali fornia, co - founded the Clayton - Hamilton Jazz Orchestra in 1986, rekindled the The Clayton Brothers quintet, and taught part - time bass at Cal State Long Beach, UCLA and USC. In 1988 he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California Thornton Scho ol of Music, where he taught until 2009. Now, in addition to individual clinics, workshops, and private students as schedule permits, John also directs the educational components associated with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Centrum Festival, and Vail Jazz Party.

Career highlights include arranging the 'Star Spangled Banner" for Whitney Houston's performance at Super Bowl 1990 (the recording went platinum), playing bass on Paul McCartney's CD “Kisses On The Bottom,” arranging and playing bass with Yo - Y o Ma and Friends on "Songs of Joy and Peace," and arranging playing and conducting the 2009 CD "Charles Aznavour With the Clayton - Hamilton Jazz Orchestra," and numerous recordings with Diana Krall, the Clayton Brothers, the Clayton - Hamilton Jazz, Orchestra , Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and many others.

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JOHN CLAYTON TEN ARRANGEMENT SET

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Arranged by John Clayton

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'DEED I DO

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(BACK HOME AGAIN IN) INDIANA

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15 MINUTES LATE

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BAGS' GROOVE

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DAY BY DAY

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DO NOTHIN' TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME

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DO NOTHIN' TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME [DOWNLOAD]

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EASY MONEY

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ETERNAL TRIANGLE

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EVIDENCE

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FEVER

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FEVER [DOWNLOAD]

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FOR ALL WE KNOW

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FOR ALL WE KNOW

Recorded by Carmen McRae

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FOR ALL WE KNOW [DOWNLOAD]

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GEORGIA ON MY MIND

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GROOVE SHOP

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HEART AND SOUL

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HOW INSENSITIVE (INSENSATEZ)

Recorded by Diana Krall

Arranged by John Clayton

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I BE SERIOUS 'BOUT DEM BLUES

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I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU

As Recorded by Queen Latifah; Professional Edition Vocal Solo

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I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU [DOWNLOAD]

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I'M GONNA LIVE TILL I DIE

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