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Shareef Clayton, a trumpeter, is a native of Miami, Florida. Clayton started out as a youngster, graduating from the prestigious New World School of the Arts. In 2008 Shareef recorded "Urban Folktales" with Bobby Sanabria which got nominated for a Grammy. From that point on, his career flourished as he performed with artists such as Stevie Wonder. Wynton Marsalis,Kim Burrell, Tye Tribbett, Myron Butler, Melton Mustafa, Luis Miguel, Bobby Sanabria, David Sanchez, Candido Camero, and many more.
Although he was heavily influenced by bands such as Earth Wind & Fire, the
cultural influence of Miami can still be heard throughout Shareef Clayton’s playing and
compositions. From piercing notes to slow jams, the sound and feel of his
music is intense, he notes “whatever the crowd wants, I can
deliver it and the crowd always gets what they want.”
Being a clinician and having the desire to share his talent with the world, he helped others to hone their craft as he taught master classes at numerous different schools. While studying at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, he learned advanced-level jazz music theory, improvisation, and composition. His vast repertoire includes New Orleans jazz, bebop, Afro-Cuban, swing, and funk/soul.
His studying of music goes far beyond his education in the classroom; Shareef Clayton has studied with some of today..'s leading voices in jazz, such as Arturo Sandoval, Laurie Frink and Melton Mustafa.
He has performed at many famous places including NBC Studios, Walt Disney World, BB King's Club & Grill, Birdland, Iridium Jazz Club, Jazz Standard, Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club, and the Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. He has opened for Johnny Winters, made appearances on Greek television, and performed on .."Last Call with Carson Daly.." on NBC.
For several years he has maintained the Shareef Clayton band to offer his music to the world.