"I guess they tired of my oatmeal box drumming as much as I tired of eating those hearty oats every morning."
"I took his advice to heart and would quickly find out from the casino boss that my job was not to entertain people with my bombastic drum solos but to play as quietly as I could as not to distract the gamblers. No matter how softly I played with sticks it was not quite enough. So for six nights a week...during an eight--month engagement, I played...you guessed it...only brushes."
"It was during this time that some of the rough ideas for my future drumming innovations were initially developed. During my stint with the trio we also toured with Joe Williams the great blues singer. My time with Joe and the trio was a memorable learning experience."
"To my surprise and pleasure, Clark Terry invited me up to play on a few tunes. Little did I know... that the music director for Sammy Davis Jr., George Rhodes, was listening in the audience."After hearing him play that night, George honored Clayton with an audition.
"He later hired me as the drummer for Sammy Davis Jr."
"It would be Sammy’s tap dancing night after night that would inspire my brush playing. During those years Clayton also played for Sammy’s Rat Pack friends--Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. The three toured together in 1988--89 selling out theaters and stadiums alike. "I knew then to treasure the experience." After returning from a European tour, Sammy Davis Jr. was diagnosed with cancer. Less than a year later the cancer took his life. "His talents were beyond words, I wish that all young performers could have witnessed him live and in concert. I still miss his showbiz magic to this day."
"In 1992 the music of New York City called me, so I answered by moving there that summer."
"Performing with Tony has been a thrilling experience. His love of music and entertaining people has won him countless awards from Grammys to Emmys. I’ve had the pleasure of recording with Tony on 15 albums, many of which received Grammy Awards."
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