August 1, 1993 |
John Clayton remembers clearly when he was bitten by the writing bug. "I was playing with Count Basie in 1977, and I kept getting goose bumps when we played," said Clayton, the bassist, chief composer, arranger and co-leader of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with his saxophone-playing brother Jeff, and drummer Jeff Hamilton. "In six weeks, I had the Basie band's book memorized, so I could really listen to what was going on. Then I got up the nerve to write a chart."