Clayton Cameron Drummer
Clayton Cameron was born in Los Angeles, California on February 27. His parents new that he always wanted to be a drummer, so by the age of twelve, they got him his first drum set. They then sent him to a music school to learn more about music.
After Clayton done many years in the music school and high school, he went on to earn a degree in music from the California State University. While in school, Clayton played with a few of his mentors and influences. Some of these mentors include Teddy Edwards, Gerald Wilson, Larry Gails and Ernie Andrews.
Upon graduating college, Clayton moved to Las Vegas. It was there where he got with a Jazz trio known as “The Kirk Stuart Trio”. This is where he developed to be a “brush-style” player. HE found that the small town clubs and trio groups called for mostly low volume music playing. He is now known to be a brush style master.
While staying in Las Vegas, Clayton was hired by Sammy Davis Jr’s musical Director, George Rhodes. He hired him to be his drummer. Clayton was also hired to play drums for Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. In the late eighties, Clayton did some touring with the three members of the “Rat Pack”. He goes on to say that that experience will always be treasured.
Clayton released his first instructional video called, “The Living Art of Brushes” in 1990. This video was the first drum instructional video dedicated to drum brushing. In the same year, he toured with jazz legends Joe Pass, George Shearing and Joe Williams.
In 1993, Clayton became involved with a legend, Tony Bennett. He began playing the drums for him. They recorded six albums together, in which were all Grammy nominated.
Clayton played many world tours with Tony. Clayton also shared in the honor of Tony’s Grammy award for his “Tony Bennett Unplugged” album. This would be the first Grammy award for a live recording. He and Tony also have had the opportunity to work with musicians such as, Mariah Carey, Elvis Costello, Brandy, James Taylor and many more.
Another accomplishment that Clayton has under his belt is, releasing a book, “Brushworks”. It is a comprehensive textbook on drum brushing.
Clayton continues to do drumming projects and he continues to tour with some of the most famous musicians still alive. From playing for presidents to working with charities, Clayton is not slowing down anytime soon.
In 1997, Clayton married Karla Decay, a businesswoman from New Orleans.