The “New York Times” likens Clayton to jazz legend Oscar Peterson and praises him for a “huge, authoritative presence.” In a concert review, “Los Angeles Times” critic Don Heckman wrote that “individually and collectively, (the trio’s) performance was at a stunningly high professional level — enhanced by the enthusiastic feeling of exhilaration in everything they played.”
“I have listened to lots of different musical styles as long as I can remember,” Clayton said. “I seek to blend the various styles and sounds I love into a balanced, tasteful musical language.”
The trio’s latest recording is 2011’s “Bond: The Paris Sessions” which “exhibits a new level of chemistry that has developed between the three of us,” Clayton said. “Since each of the compositions is dedicated to various personal bonds in my life, listening back conjures up specific memories and emotions for me.”
Still in his 20s, Clayton has worked with top jazz musicians such as Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash and Al Foster. In addition to his trio, he performs with the Clayton Brothers Quintet which features his father, bassist John Clayton, and his uncle Jeff Clayton, a saxophonist. From 2006-08 Clayton toured extensively with various ensembles led by trumpeter Hargrove.
Born in the Netherlands in 1984, Clayton grew up in Los Angeles. His compositions have been commissioned by the Jazz Gallery in New York City and performed overseas by the BBC Orchestra.
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