Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

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Nominee at the 10th annual LA Music Awards

John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Jeff Clayton founded the CHJO in 1986. The two young men, John and Jeff Hamilton, had played together with Monty Alexander then gone their separate ways, reuniting in Los Angeles to found the band. Brother Jeff Clayton, who had been living and working in Los Angeles all along, came on board to help put the band together. John explains, “He knew all the best players in the city and how compatible they were musically and personality-wise.”

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Short Description
The world-famous Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra is tri-led by John and Jeff Clayton, and Jeff Hamilton.
Personal Information
In 1986, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton and Jeff Hamilton came together to form the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.Thus far the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra has recorded six CDs: “Groove Shop” (Capri), “Heart And Soul” (Capri), “Absolutely” (Lake Street), “Explosive with Milt Jackson” (Qwest), “Shout Me Out” (Fable) and the most recent “Live At MCG” (MCG Jazz). The band had its own sound from the start and has continued to evolve. The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra was the house band at the Hollywood Bowl during 1999-2001, giving John Clayton, as Artistic Director of Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the opportunity to write for such guest artists as Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Jimmy Smith, Nancy Wilson and Shirley Horn. The orchestra has also recorded with John Pizzarelli, Gladys Knight and two recent albums with Diana Krall: a Christmas jazz project and a standards-oriented set (soon to be released). The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, which was named by the readers of Downbeat Magazine in 2004 as the top big band in jazz, is today considered one of jazz’s great orchestras.
Personal Interests

Charles Aznavour and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, (EMI France) 2009

Before Me
Gladys Knight and CHJO, (Verve) 2006

Dear Mr. Sinatra
John Pizzarelli with the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, (Telarc) 2006

Christmas Songs
Diana Krall with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, (Verve) 2005

Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra Live At MCG
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, (MCG Jazz) 2005

Shout Me Out
Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, (Fable/Lightyear) 2000

Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra w/Milt Jackson (Qwest) 1998

Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (Lake Street Records) 1993

Heart & Soul
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orch. (Capri) 1991

Boogie Down
Ernestine Anderson w/Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orch. (Concord) 1990

Groove Shop
Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (Capri) 1990 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATED!