Wilbur Dorsey "Buck" Clayton (November 12, 1911 – December 8, 1991) was an American jazz trumpet player who was a leading member of Count Basie'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 synthesi much of the history of jazz trumpet up to his own time, with a bright brassy tone and an apparently limitless facility for melodic improvisation.
2017 The Buck Clayton Swing Band Live in Greenwich Village, NYC, 1990. Coleman Hawkins, Sir Charles Thompson, Buck Clayton, Billy Butterfield. Edmond Hall, Vic Dickenson, Sir Charles Thompson, Buck Clayton.
Listen to albums and songs from Buck Clayton. One of the finest mainstream jazz trumpeters, Buck Clayton was not known as a particularly innovative player, but rather one who played with exuberance and displayed a sharp sound. In fact, it is said that the term mainstream was coined in the early 50s to describe Buck Clayton's blend of Dixieland and Bop.