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Buck Clayton

Biography

Buck Clayton (born Wilbur Dorsey Clayton; Parsons, Kansas, November 12, 1911 – New York City, December 8, 1991) was an American jazz trumpet player who was a leading member of Count Basie’s "Old Testament" orchestra and a leader of mainstream-oriented jam session recordings in the 1950s. His principal influence was Louis Armstrong. The Penguin Guide to Jazz says that he “synthesi[zed] much of the history of jazz trumpet up to his own time, with a bright brassy tone and an apparently limitless facility for melodic improvisation”. Clayton worked closely with Li Jinhui, father of Chinese popular music in Shanghai. His contributions helped change musical history in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.




Recordings

Ben Webster / Buck Clayton: Ben & Buck

Live at Antwerp Jazz Club, Café Samson, Antwerp, Belgium, June 16, 1967 All the material in this exciting album is previously unissued. It is a rare opportunity to hear two swing era giants together in a relaxed club setting for a programme of Jazz standards and quality ballads. The recording also represents a meeting of two great jazz traditions; Ben first achieved fame as a star soloist with Duke Ellington Orchestra in the early 1940s and Buck was the featured trumpeter with Count Basie’...