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Clayton Brothers Quintet

Jazz Standard, New York, NY

The inception of The Clayton Brothers as a working jazz ensemble dates back some 35 years, when Jeff and John Clayton formed the original quintet (which also included Patrice Rushen on piano). The brothers went their separate ways but reunited in 1985 when John left the Amsterdam Philharmonic after five years and relocated back to California. Trumpeter Terell Stafford joined the group in 2000; in 2008, the addition of John’s gifted son Gerald on piano and Obed Calvaire on drums completed the present lineup. The collective CV of this group includes performances and recordings with everyone from Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney to Hank Jones and Roy Hargrove. The Gathering, the brothers’ latest CD, features 10 original compositions along with Clayton interpretations of Benny Carter’s “Souvenir” and Billie Holiday’s favorite “Don’t Explain.”

Terell Stafford – trumpet

Jeff Clayton – alto saxophone, oboe, french horn, flute

Gerald Clayton – piano

John Clayton – bass

Obed Calvaire – drums