Shareef Clayton a jazz trumpeter, is a native of Miami, Florida. In 2012 Shareef recorded the album “Multiverse” with the “Bobby Sanabria Big Band” which got nominated for a Grammy. Clayton performs regularly with Melody Gardot, Bobby Sanabria, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. In the past he has performed with artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Macy Gray, Michael Mcdonald, Ruben Blades, and many more.
Although he was heavily influenced by artist such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, the cultural influence of Miami can still be heard throughout Clayton’s playing and compositions.
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 jazz, r&b, afrocuban, and funk/soul. His studying of music goes far beyond his education in the classroom; 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 venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca- Cola, Walt Disney World, Blue Note Jazz Club, BB King’s Club & Grill, Birdland, Iridium Jazz Club, Jazz Standard, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has opened for Slash from the band Guns N Roses, made appearances on television in the U.S. and Europe, and performed on “Last Call with Carson Daly” on NBC with Milo Z.
“I perform all over the world and my Torpedo Bags is the absolute best case for the traveling musician.” — Shareef Clayton.
Shareef keeps his horn safe in his Peacemaker.