A native of Harlem, trombonist Clifton Anderson was involved in music from an early age and received his very first trombone from his Uncle – saxophone legend, Sonny Rollins.
While at Manhattan School of Music, Clifton began freelancing around New York City and made his first record date with Carlos Garnett in 1976. By his senior year at Manhattan he had established himself as one of the young “in demand” trombonists in New York. It was around that time that Slide Hampton formed the original “World of Trombones”, the group that would become the standard by which all jazz trombone choirs were measured. Clifton played alongside jazz trombone greats such as Janice Robinson, Steve Turre, Curtis Fuller and Benny Powell while part of this prestigious group.
Clifton has worked with a “who’s who” of diverse musical giants: from Sonny Rollins, Frank Foster, McCoy Tyner, Clifford Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Merv Griffin and The Mighty Sparrow to Lester Bowie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paul Simon, Terumasa Hino, Keith Richards, Muhal Richard Abrams, WyClef Jean, Geri Allen, T.S. Monk, Charlie Haden, Slide Hampton and Wallace Roney among others.
Clifton Anderson will be at Scullers Jazz Club on Saturday, Aug 19. Showtime is 8 PM. Tickets $3-$45.