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Clifton Anderson was born on October 5, 1957 in Harlem, New York City. He grew up surrounded by music. His father was a church organist /choir director, and his mother a singer and pianist. It was no surprise that Clifton exhibited an affinity for music at an early age. When he was just seven years old he got his first trombone, a gift from his uncle Sonny Rollins.

Clifton attended the prestigious Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. In 1974 he spent one year at The State University of New York at Stony Brook studying under Simon Karasick and Dave Schechter. He continued his education at the Manhattan School of Music, and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Music degree


Article: Radio

Clifton Anderson, Reggie Quinerly & Allan Harris

Read "Clifton Anderson, Reggie Quinerly & Allan Harris" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We devote a full hour of Neon Jazz to the music and artists of 2021. A lot of music was backlogged from 2020, but it was time to take a long look at the artists who are making 2021 a special year for jazz. We start off with NYC trombonist Clifton Anderson and make our way ...


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Been Down This Road Before

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Duration: 5:24


Article: Interview

Clifton Anderson: Knowing the Road

Read "Clifton Anderson: Knowing the Road" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

New York trombonist Clifton Anderson has mastered his instrument from the 1970s on in jazz programs of his home town outside the conservatory (which he also attended), that were initiated by leading spirits of the music such as Barry Harris, Sam Rivers, and Reggie Workman; these informal, professional jazz circles gave him information, insights and inspiration ...


Been Down This Road Before

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mission Statement; Nana - D; A House Is Not A Home; Mysticancients; In It But Not Of It; Sonny Says; Sista Gemini; T.U.B.C.; Been Down This Road Before; Until We Meet Again.


News: Recording

Clifton Anderson's 'Been Down This Road Before' includes an All-Star Cast!

Clifton Anderson's 'Been Down This Road Before' includes an All-Star Cast!

"Been Down This Road Before" is the title track from ​Clifton Anderson’​s new album, which shares the same name. ​It is a thought-provoking musical message, delivered at a time when racism, greed, injustice and a deadly pandemic are jeopardizing our ability to harmoniously exist with one another and with our planet. As always, Clifton’s music serves ...



Been Down This Road

Featuring the music of Clifton Anderson
Duration: 5:37

Been Down This Road Before delivers a musical message at a time when racism, greed, injustice and a deadly pandemic are jeopardizing our ability to exist harmoniously with one another and with our planet. The work contains ten tracks that are brought to life by eighteen sensational musicians. Included are four tributes dedicated to four special people: Sonny Rollins, Bob Cranshaw, Kimati Dinizulu and Clifton's sister, Vallyn Anderson. Along with Clifton, the title track features the lead vocal of Andy Bey, with John F. Adams - keyboards/bc vc., Peter Bernstein - guitar, Tom Barney - bass, Steve Jordan - drums, Victor See Yuen - percussion, Mala Waldron and Angela Workman - background vocals. The rest of the tracks feature the stellar line-up of: Al Foster / Ronnie Burrage / Steve Jordan - drums, Buster Williams/ Tom Barney - bass, Stephen Scott/ Monty Alexander/ Tadataka Unno - piano, Peter Bernstein - guitar, Sammy Figueroa/ Victor See Yuen - percussion, Rene McLean/ Antoine Roney and Eric Wyatt -.saxophones and reeds in various configurations.

"Clifton Anderson is among my favorite trombonists - When he plays, he's channeling the sound of singing." —Marc Myers / Jazzwax

News: Recording

Clifton Anderson: Road Taken

Clifton Anderson: Road Taken

The trombone's personality shares much in common with a scatting singer. To play the instrument effectively, you need to sing through it. Not literally, of course, but you do have to make the trombone sound as if it's functioning as a wordless vocalist. Clifton Anderson is among my favorite trombonists for this very reason. When he ...


Article: Album Review

Eric Wyatt: The Golden Rule: for Sonny

Read "The Golden Rule: for Sonny" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

The Golden Rule: For Sonny sounds at times like a Sonny Rollins cover, especially on those tunes where Rollins' nephew and frequent sideman, trombonist Clifton Anderson, joins the front line, but a second listen shows that there is a lot more than slavish idolatry here. Wyatt is a talented young tenor player, whose admiration ...


Article: Album Review

Vanessa Rubin: The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron

Read "The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Tadd Dameron is regarded as the great romantic of bebop-era jazz composers, a writer with a talent for creating smooth, memorable melodies that could evoke real emotion. Most of his works are known mainly as instrumentals but Vanessa Rubin has compiled lyrics written for some of his tunes, had new lyrics written for others and even ...


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