Clark Gayton

No photos available. Upload them now.

Born: January 18, 1963    Primary Instrument: Trombone

You would be hard-pressed to identify a musician as comfortable with classical music as he is with jazz, indie rock, folk and reggae. You would be equally hard-pressed to identify a musician who can rock with Levon Helm (formerly of The Band) on weekends, fly to Istanbul for a command performance, pack the house weekly in New York at nublu, make recording sessions, wax eloquent about music history and the fundamentals of musicianship, tour with friends in support of their fledgling bands, and still find the wherewithal to record a big band piece from scratch in the remaining spare time (you must listen to the phenomenal re-recording of “Tina,Too”) … unless you happen to know Clark Gayton....
read more

”If you are fond of reggae, ska, gospel, the b flat tuba and trombone, the explorations of Clark Gayton in these musics (sic) on these instruments will have you dancing and shouting hallelujah, his in-the-pocket rock-steady a smooth groove. Composer, arranger and keyboardist, Gayton also possesses a seductive blues palette authenticated by roots in the Mississippi riverboat tradition. That Mr. Gayton is a compelling jazz man goes without saying. Having first encountered him at nublu on NY's Lower East Side, I soon found myself looking forward to his then-weekly Tuesday nights. The band could always be counted on. Skankin'! Gayton's trombone is one of the mellowest since Lawrence Brown, supported by laid-back arrangements and solid composition. There is nothing amorphous about it - want to skank? Here it is.... Tradition seems to be at once Mr. Gayton's tool and his plaything: while the function of brass in the orchestra is to compel, Gayton's work on these instruments is subversive, delivering subtle lines of bebop wrapped carefully in a ska sandwich. Vocalist Dollarman rides these rhythms as easily as a mare. The brass, composition and arrangements are pop jewels. Gayton is indeed a man for all seasons and all persuasions when it comes to his music. Still, it's all about the skank. Listen if you will, to 'Just For You'. Gayton's organically metronomic tuba is a perfect foil for the others in the section. The blues guitar of Bill Sims must rank with the best.” --John Farris

“Lord knows there's already a whole lot of shaking going on throughout MTO Volume 1 whenever trombonist Clark Gayton tailgates.” Jazz, Territorial Imperatives A party band fluent whether the language is Count Basie, Don Cherry, or 'Darling Nikki' by Francis Davis October 10th, 2006 5:08 PM,davis,74698,22.html Album Review Trumpeter Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory orchestra is inspired by the leader hearing some of the exciting late '20s and early '30s recordings of territory bands .... The musicians all show versatility, trombonist Clark Gayton takes particularly impressive solos, and overall, the music is quite fun. Easily recommended to fans of the Mingus Big Band and other somewhat riotous ensembles. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide For full text see:

As Band Leader and Solo Artist:

Clark Gayton & Neatherealm - "Don't Try To Question" CD 1995 (Ritual, Ltd.)

Neatherealm- "JahMerican Jazz" CD (Ritual, Ltd.)

Clark Gayton - "Walk the Water" CD 1999 (Ritual, Ltd.)

Clark Gayton - "Sankofa!" CD 2003 (Ritual, Ltd.)

Clark Gayton – “Best of Clark Gayton” CD 2008 (Ritual, Ltd.)

As Band Member or Studio Artist for the years 2000 - 2008:

Cornell Campbell - "Big Things" (Trombone) CD 2000

Peter Salett - "Heart of Mine" (Trombone) CD 2000

Dennis Brown - "Let Me Be the One" (Trombone) CD 2000

George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band - "Merryteria" (Trombone) CD 2000

Monday Michiru - "4 Seasons" (Trombone, Tuba) CD 2001

Sting - "All This Time [UK Bonus Tracks]" (Trombone) 2001

Sting - "All This Time" (Trombone) 2001

Maxwell - "Now" (Trombone) 2001

Barney McAll - "Release the Day" (Trombone) 2001

Monday Michiru - "Selections 1997-2000" (Trombone, Tuba) 2001

Jah Works - "Bassmentality" (Trombone) 2002

Dave Stryker - "Blue to the Bone III" (Trombone) 2002

Tom Jones - "Mr Jones" (Trombone) 2002

Bill Mobley and the Space Time Big Band - "New Light" (Trombone, Soloist) 2002

John Fedchock New York Big Band - "No Nonsense" (Trombone) 2002

Queen Latifah - "She's a Queen: A Collection of Hits" (Trombone, Horn Arrangements) 2002

Tom Browne - "Tom Browne Collection" (Trombone) 2002

Lucky Gaijin a Go-Go - "Happy 55" (Trombone) 2003

Dan Zanes & Friends "House Party" (Tuba) 2003

Julia Darling - "Julia Darling" (Trombone, Trombonium) 2003

Cannabis Cup Band "Live Joint" (Trombone) 2003

Mya - "Moodring" (Trombone) 2003

Sting - "Sacred Love" (Trombone) 2003

Barbershop 2: Back in Business Original Soundtrack (Trombone) 2004

Ben Allison & Medicine Wheel - "Buzz" (Trombone, Bass Trombone) 2004

Mocean Worker "Enter the Mowo!" (Trombone) 2004

David Pilgrim - "Island Soul" (Trombone) 2004

Brazilian Girls - "Lazy Lover [EP]" (Composer, Trombone, Vocals (bckgr)) 2004

Nasio - "Living in the Positive [Bonus Tracks]" (Trombone) 2004

Brazilian Girls - "Brazilian Girls" (Composer, Trombone, Vocals (bckgr)) 2005

Ted Nash - "Espada de la Noche" (Trombone, Tuba, Horn (Baritone)) 2005

JJ Sansaverino - "Sunshine After Midnight" (Trombone) 2005

Elvis Costello - "North" (trombone) 2005

Various Artists - "Ultra Chilled, Vol. 5"(Trombone, Tuba) 2005

Kerry Linder - "Sail Away With Me" (Trombone) 2005

Steven Bernstein - MTO Vol. 1 (Trombone) 2006

Joss Stone "It's a Man's World, Live" (Trombone) 2006

Rihanna - "A Girl Like Me" (Trombone) 2006

Nasio Fontane "Rise" (Trombone) 2007

Duo Live "The Color Of Money" (Trombone) 2007

Bad Brains - "Build A Nation" (Trumpet) 2007

Charles Tolliver- "With Love" (Trombone) 2007

Bruce Springsteen - "Live in Dublin" (Trombone, vocals) 2007

The East Village Opera Company- "Olde School" (Trombone)2008

Brazilian Girls- "New York City" (Tuba) 2008

Lila Downs- "Shake Away" (Trombone, valve trombone, tuba) 2008

Dispatch "Live Zimbabwe" (Trombone) 2008

Disclaimer: All About Jazz is not responsible for the accuracy of the discographical data at the website(s) provided. If a link is no longer valid, please contact Thank you.

Please Sign Up or Log In to send your inquiry.

Events Calendar

Sorry, there are no Clark Gayton events available at this time. Submit one now.

TIP: Reach multiple calendar destinations with a single post. Learn now here.

Submit Take Five Answers. We'll publish your Take Five questions and answers as an article, feature it on the home page and link to it from your musician profile.
Post a formal announcement to the News Center. We'll publish it and syndicate it for you.

comments powered by Disqus
Rank: 4,392 Views: 5,127 Fans: 2

Weekly Giveaways

Ed Palermo

Ed Palermo
About | Enter

Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp
About | Enter

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley
About | Enter

Tord Gustavsen

Tord Gustavsen
About | Enter

An innovative and rich resource For Jazz Musicians

The All About Jazz musician database grows daily
with the help of musicians, supportive professionals and advocates.

Musician? Plug in and promote yourself today.

Learn how