Artist-In-Residence Program

Monterey Jazz Festival’s Artist-In-Residence works year-round with young musicians in performances and clinics at our Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Over the Festival's history, artists have had an informal role in the production and artistic selection of the festival, including John Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others who acted as guest soloists with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra festival weekend. This role was revisited in 1994 when Tim Jackson rebooted the program to highlight specific artists during festival weekend.

In 2004, the Artist-In-Residence program was revamped to include visits to to the Next Generation Jazz Festival and Summer Jazz Camp outside the festival weekend. Violinist Regina Carter was the first Artist-In-Residence to fulfill this expanded educational role.

With the modern and revamped program now in its 13th year, the Artists-In-Residence for 2017 and the 60th annual Monterey Jazz Festival will be bassist/composer John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton and pianist/composer Gerald Clayton. It is the first time in the Festival’s history that a father and son have been chosen in this role, and they will join jazz luminaries and past Artists-In-Residence Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joe Lovano, Eric Harland, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Terri Lyne Carrington in this important and vital educational position at Montetrey Jazz Festival.

This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Gerald Clayton

Composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and bassist John Clayton has won a GRAMMY and has eight additional nominations. He has performed with Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, and Charles Aznavour, and many others. He began his bass career in elementary school, and in 1969, at the age of 16, he enrolled in bassist Ray Brown’s jazz class at UCLA, beginning a close relationship that lasted more than three decades. After graduating from Indiana University’s School of Music with a degree in bass performance in 1975, he toured with the Monty Alexander Trio (1975-77), the Count Basie Orchestra (1977-79), and settled in as principal bassist with the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1980-85), and was also a bass instructor at the Royal Conservatory, in The Hague from 1980-83.

In 1986, he co-founded the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and from 1988-2009, he was a faculty member of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. In addition to individual clinics, workshops, and private students as schedule permits, John currently directs the educational components associated with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Centrum Festival, and Vail Jazz Party.

His career highlights include arranging the “Star Spangled Banner” for Whitney Houston’s platinum-selling performance at Super Bowl 1990; playing bass on Paul McCartney’s 2012 CD Kisses On The Bottom, arranging and playing bass with Yo-Yo Ma and Friends on Songs of Joy and Peace, and arranging playing and conducting the 2009 CD Charles Aznavour With the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and numerous recordings with Diana Krall, the Clayton Brothers, the CHJO, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander, and many others. In 2013, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra acted as the commission artist for the Monterey Jazz Festival for Suite Sweet Dave: The Brubeck Files.

Drummer Jeff Hamilton has continually received rave reviews for his dynamic drumming, has performed on 11 GRAMMY-winning recordings, and has another 10 nominations. Born in Richmond, Indiana, Jeff grew up listening to his parent’s big band records and at the age of eight began playing drums along with Oscar Peterson records. He attended Indiana University and in 1974 got his first big break playing with the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He then joined Lionel Hampton’s Band until 1975 when he, along with bassist John Clayton, became members of the Monty Alexander Trio. He attained a childhood goal in 1977 when he joined Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd. The whirlwind continued with the L.A.4 (with Ray Brown, Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida), Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney, the Ray Brown Trio, and others. Jeff has been on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, Dr. John, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Scott Hamilton, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Keely Smith, Bill Holman, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, and Mark Murphy. Jeff is a frequent guest of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, and has also appeared in Natalie Cole’s Great Performances PBS special, Unforgettable and an Oscar Peterson documentary, Life In The Key Of Oscar.

Pianist and composer Gerald Clayton is a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists. He has been hailed by The New York Times for his “huge, authoritative presence.” Born in the Netherlands in 1984 and raised in Southern California, Clayton took his first piano lessons before age seven with the support and encouragement of his father, John Clayton. Gerald attended the L.A. County High School for the Arts, followed by both USC Thornton and the Manhattan School of Music.

In 2006, Gerald received the second place prize in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute Piano Competition. He then spent three years with trumpeter Roy Hargrove between 2006 and 2009, touring extensively and appearing on several of Hargrove’s albums. Gerald has also recorded with Diana Krall, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kendrick Scott, Melissa Morgan, Terell Stafford and Dick Oatts, and more recently with Michael Rodriguez, Dayna Stephens, Terri Lyne Carrington, and the Clayton Brothers Quintet, led by his father John, and his uncle, saxophonist Jeff Clayton.

In 2009, he released Two Shade, his debut album as a leader, and received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Improvised Jazz Solo. In 2011, Gerald received a second GRAMMY nomination, this time for Best Jazz Instrumental Composition. Gerald’s sophomore album, Bond: The Paris Sessions, earned him a third GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. His latest, Life Forum, was released in 2013 on Concord Records. In 2016, he acted as Musical Director for Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, which performed 28 shows 17 cities in 10 states in the first quarter of the year. Clayton, a scholarship and soloist award winner at Monterey’s 2000 and 2001 Next Generation Jazz Festival with the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, has made trio appearances at MJF in 2010 and 2012, and recently performed in 2014 in duo with Charles Lloyd.

Monterey Jazz Festival Artists-In-Residence:

2017: John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, and Gerald Clayton
2016: Terri Lyne Carrington
2015: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
2014: Eric Harland
2013: Joe Lovano
2012: Ambrose Akinmusire
2011: Joshua Redman
2010: Dianne Reeves
2009: Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
2008: Christian McBride
2007: Terence Blanchard
2006: Kurt Elling
2005: Branford Marsalis
2004: Regina Carter
2003: Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Gary Burton
2002: The Heath Brothers
2001: Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
2000: Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton
1999: Clark Terry and Terence Blanchard
1998: Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Drummond, and Peter Erskine
1997: Gerald Wilson
1996: Joshua Redman and Roy Hargrove
1995: Rebecca Parris and Maria Schneider
1994: Bob Mintzer and James Williams