Monday 3 August 2015

Buck Clayton, 1911–1991 (American jazz trumpet player)

* Buck Clayton 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.

BIRTH DATA: Wilbur Dorsey Clayton, 12 November 1911, 10:00 (10 AM) CST (+6), Parsons, Kansas, USA (37n20, 95w15). ASC: 26 Sagittarius. RR: B (Autobiography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes him in Buck Clayton's Jazz World by Buck Clayton (Bloomsbury, 1995), p. 11: "It was swinging one morning in Parsons, Kansas, around ten o'clock on November 12th 1911, when I was born."

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