Reed player Jeff Clayton began his career as both a touring and studio musician. He recorded important albums with, among others, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rodgers, Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Earth, Wind & Fire, and a solo on Madonna's recording Back in Business...
As a jazz musician, Jeff Clayton has worked with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, McCoy Tyner, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
From Jeff's personal bio:
From Thad Jones who led the Count Basie Orchestra when I was on the band the second time I learned the art of rehearsal—— how to give musicians the support they needed to create without restrictions. He had a wonderful heart.