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JEFF HAMILTON & JOHN CLAYTON MEET THE SWISS JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Jeff Hamilton, dr
John Clayton, b
plus the Swiss Jazz Orchestra

In 1974, Jeff Hamilton got his first big break playing with the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He then joined Lionel Hampton's Band until 1975 when he, along with bassist John Clayton, became a member of the Monty Alexander Trio. In 1977 he joined Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, with whom he made several recordings. In 1978, he was offered the position vacated by Shelly Manne in the L.A.4 with Ray Brown, Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida. From 1983 to 1987, Jeff performed with Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney and Monty Alexander. Jeff began his association with the Ray Brown Trio in 1988 and left in 1995 to concentrate on his own trio. From 1999-2001, the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra was named the in-residence ensemble for the Hollywood Bowl Jazz series. In addition to his many recordings with Ray Brown, Jeff has been on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, Dr. John, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Scott Hamilton, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Herb Ellis.

John Clayton is a natural born multitasker. The multiple roles in which he excels — composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and yes, extraordinary bassist — 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. 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). In 1985 he returned to California, co-founded the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra in 1986, and rekindled the The Clayton Brothers quintet.

The Swiss Jazz Orchestra is Switzerland’s most busy professional big band, performing weekly in Bern. Additionally, they perform and record projects of varying stilistic content and have so far released 7 CDs. The SJO has performed with acclaimed musicians like Alex Sipiagin, Chico Pinheiro, Torun Erisken, Claudio Roditi, Jerry Bergonzi, Phil Woods, Buddy DeFranco, Jim McNeely, Bob Mintzer, Bert Joris and George Gruntz as well as with Swiss top musicians Andy Scherrer, Matthieu Michel, Nat Su, Domenic Landolf, Michael Zisman and Pepe Lienhard.

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