Buck Clayton

Buck Clayton (born Wilbur Dorsey Clayton; Parsons, Kansas, November 12, 1911 Ô[][] New York City, December 8, 1991) was an American jazz trumpet player who was a leading member of Count BasieÔ[][]s "Old Testament" orchestra and a leader of mainstream-oriented jam session recordings in the 1950s. His principal influence was Louis Armstrong. The Penguin Guide to Jazz says that he Ô[][]synthesi[zed] much of the history of jazz trumpet up to his own time, with a bright brassy tone and an apparently limitless facility for melodic improvisationÔ[]Ø. Clayton worked closely with Li Jinhui, father of Chinese popular music in Shanghai. His contributions helped change musical history in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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