is jazz guitar as good as it gets, Greg should be heard world wide!"
- Robert Yelin
New: Greg Clayton Solo Transcription + Full Audio Track Download
Greg was nominated for the 2008 Canadian national jazz awards in the Acoustic Band Of The Year catagory.
Montreal Mirror's "Best of Montreal: Readers Poll 2005"
placed Greg Clayton amongst the Top 10 of Montreal's best jazz
musicians category which include such luminaries as Oscar Peterson
and Oliver Jones. Click
here to view the list.
in Montreal, Canada, Greg Clayton was an early starter in music
playing his first gigs at the age of 12. He continued working on
and off through high school years in various bands, playing dances,
'battles-of-the-bands' and in his words "Every conceivable
type of gig that a teenager can play."
turning 18, his musical path led him to the downtown Montreal jazz
scene. Greg says "I was lucky enough to catch the tail end
of what was the great jazz era in Montreal. I frequented the various
clubs such as Rockhead's Paradise, The Jazztek, Hotel de Province,
Congo Room and the Black Bottom meeting and eventually playing with
many of our legendary players here in town." "Guys such
as Nelson Symonds, Charlie Biddle, Guy Nadon, Norman Villeneuve,
Paul Revere, Billy Horne, Ivan Symonds were some of the first jazz
cats that I had ever heard live. A few years later I heard Peter
Leitch with Billy Robinson and guys like Maury Kaye and Richard
Parris and that clinched the deal."
His first jazz influences on record were Charlie Parker and Wes
Montgomery. But just as important for Greg, "the possibilty
of seeing and hearing Nelson Symonds and/or Ivan Symonds on almost
any night of the week for years was an opportunity I took full advantage
Clayton, teaches jazz guitar and jazz improvisation classes at McGill
University in Montreal and sites Grant Green, Jimmy Raney, Tal Farlow,
Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass as his main [guitar] stylistic influences.
can be heard on the following selected recordings:
Live at Boomers Ostinato:
reissued on String Jazz
John Labelle Too close for comfort JLP 0219
Parris Body and Soul DSM records
Heaven The Kevin Dean Quartet Double Time
Evans I'm All Smiles M-Swing
Evans Movie Songs Maximum Jazz Maz 16352
Berryman PS I Love You TRICD 7220