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Buck Clayton (1911–1991)

Composer ("Red Bank Boogie") and trumpeter, educated in high school and through private piano lessons from his father, Buck Clayton played in Los Angeles dance halls and then joined Earl Dancer's 14 Pieces orchestra in Harlem, led a band from 1932 to 1934, then traveled in China until 1936 with the Teddy Weatherford orchestra. Returning to the ... See full bio »

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Trumbo Soundtrack
A Great Day in Harlem
Jazz on a Summer's Day


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 2015 Trumbo (performer: "Saratoga Special")
 2015 All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (Documentary) (writer: "Red Bank Boogie")
 2005 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton (2005) ... (writer: "Glassboro Blues", "Bloody Mary" - as B. Clayton)
 1997 Sesame Street: Get Up and Dance (writer: "What's Your Number?")
 1958 Jazz Party (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.22 (1958) ... (performer: "Basin Street Blues", "C Jam Blues", "Rose Room", "Stompin' at the Savoy" - uncredited)
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 1956 The Benny Goodman Story
Trumpeter - Basement Jam Session
 1938 Policy Man
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 1956 The Benny Goodman Story (musician: trumpet)
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 1994 A Great Day in Harlem (Documentary)
 1990 Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday (TV Movie documentary)
 1967 Something Special (TV Series)
Himself - Trumpet
- Jazz from a Swinging Era: Part 2 (1967) ... Himself - Trumpet
- Jazz from a Swinging Era: Part 1 (1967) ... Himself - Trumpet
 1959 Jazz on a Summer's Day (Documentary)
 1958 Jazz Party (TV Series)
Himself - Trumpet Player
- Episode #1.22 (1958) ... Himself - Trumpet Player
 1958 The Subject Is Jazz (TV Series)
- The Blues (1958) ... Himself
- Swing (1958) ... Himself
 1955 Allen in Movieland (TV Movie)
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 1993 American Masters (TV Series documentary)

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Album: "Pete Fountain / Pee Wee Russel / Buck Clayton: Broadway to Bourbon Street" (Diplomat Records).

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Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1990. See more »


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