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Two half-hour Swiss television shows from 1961 feature trumpeter Buck Clayton with such swing all-stars as fellow trumpeter Emmett Berry, altoist Earle Warren, tenor man Buddy Tate, trombonist Dickie Wells, pianist Sir Charles Thompson, bassist Gene Ramey, drummer Oliver Jackson, and singer Jimmy Witherspoon. There are 11 complete songs in all, and each of the musicians has plenty of space to stretch out during the series of informal but hard-swinging performances.


Born: 12 November 1911 in Parsons, KS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

An excellent bandleader and accompanist for many vocalists, including Billie Holiday, Buck Clayton was a valued soloist with Count Basie Orchestra during the '30s and '40s, and later was a celebrated studio and jam session player, writer, and arranger. His tart, striking tone and melodic dexterity were his trademark, and Clayton provided several charts for Basie's orchestra and many other groups. Clayton began his career in California, where he organized a big band that had a residency in China in...
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