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Clifton Anderson


Clifton Anderson was born on October 5, 1957 in Harlem, {{jny: 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


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Sonny Rollins: Ten Colossal Albums

Read "Sonny Rollins: Ten Colossal Albums" reviewed by Chris May

The history of modern jazz is a short one, but even so there are few musicians whose careers began in the bop era and who are still with us in 2022. Drummer Roy Haynes is one. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is another. Both players recorded with trumpeter Fats Navarro and pianist Bud Powell in 1949.


Article: Year in Review

Popular Jazz Songs: 2021

Read "Popular Jazz Songs: 2021" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often a featured song is heard, and the following represent the most popular in 2021. If you missed them the first time around, give them a listen now, and enjoy! Say It Again From: From Now On By Leon Brenko Menart I ...


A Song of Hope

Label: Whaling City Sound
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Song of Hope; Fragile; Blues for RH (Roy Hargrove); Fur Live; Chance; One 4 Hakim; Say Her Name; Tain Dance; Sunset Park Bonita; Central Park West; Contemplation; Of Things to Come RTK. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-13118290


Article: Radio & Podcasts

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 ...


Song of the Day

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


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