Drummerworld Logo
Red Line Drummerworld
Drummerworld left arrow drummer page gallery
Clayton Cameron
next drummer Drummerworld

Clayton Cameron

Clayton Cameron has a dynamic career that has spanned almost four decades in the world of music. From Sammy Davis Jr. to Tony Bennett, and even crossing into other genres with artist like Neil Young. Clayton continues to push the envelope of contemporary drumming and the use of brushes to their very limits, earning him the nickname “the Brush Master".

Born in Los Angeles, California the Brush Master began playing bongos at the age of six. By age twelve his fascination with drums became so apparent that his parents decided to buy him his first drum set and sent Clayton to Grants Music Center in LA for drum lessons. “I guess they tired of my oatmeal box drumming as much as I tired of eating those hearty oats every morning." He went on to get a degree in music from California State University at Northridge. During college, he played in clubs around L.A behind artists who were mentors to him. They included vocalist O.C Smith, Ernie Andrews, Jimmy Witherspoon, instrumentalist Teddy Edwards, Larry Gales (of Thelonious Monk fame) and Gerald Wilson.

After touring with the great Joe Williams in 1981 he would go on to be the drummer for the worlds greatest entertainer, Sammy Davis Jr. and hold that position from 1882 to 1990 . “ I got a degree in music from college but I got a masters in show biz from Mr. Sammy Davis Jr." In 1988 Clayton went on the Together Again Tour with Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. 

In 1990 a once in lifetime tour with jazz legends Joe Williams, George Shearing and Joe Pass took Clayton around the country. In 1991 he moved to New York City where he would play for the likes of Barry Harris, Kenny Burrell, Rufus Reid and the Mingus Big Band. NYC was jazz heaven. In April of 1992 a life changing call from  Tony Bennett gave the Brush Master’s talents exposer to new audiences. He performed with Tony Bennett for over ten years, recording 13 CDs and winning 13 Grammys including a 1994 Album of the Year. 

From legends to the up and coming the Brush Master continues to inspire and be inspired. Artist Rebecca Ferguson, Molly Ringwald, Dave Koz, Rickey Minor, Neil Young to name a few have all recently stamped their respective projects with Clayton Cameron’s incredible talent. 

© Ronn Dunnett

The origin of playing brushes on the drum is shrouded in mystery and Brushworks is an innovative study of the art of playing the drum with brushes and how to master this style of playing.

Called "genius" by legendary drummer Max Roach, Clayton Cameron has compiled, written and illustrated the most comprehensive material on the subject ever devised. It is the first book to develop a system of notation for brushstrokes and brush-effects that stays within the traditional system and is easy to comprehend.

Clayton, or the "Brush Master" as he is also known, plays on the included CD providing the student not only an aural connection to the materials in the book, but an opportunity to hear, the unparalleled magic of his playing.

KOSA 2006

© Ronn Dunnett

© Ronn Dunnett

© Ronn Dunnett

© Martin Cohen

Paul Keller in concert with drummer Clayton Cameron, pianist
Kenny Drew, Jr., and trumpeter Byron Strippling at
West Coast Jazz Party, 2004, Irvine CA

Clayton Cameron - Bernhard Castiglioni (Drummerworld)

thanks for your visit!

250'000 subscribers
Drummerworld Youtube Channel