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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 famous uncle Sonny Rollins.
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.
While at Manhattan School of Music, Clifton began freelancing around New York City. Clifton made his first record date with Carlos Garnett in 1976 and 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. The group included Janis Robinson, Steve Turre, Earl McIntyre, Clifford Adams, Doug Purviance, Papo Vazquez, and Clifton Anderson along with appearances from Curtis Fuller, Britt Woodman and Benny Powell. Later additions to the prestigious trombone choir included Robin Eubanks, Clarence Banks, Frank Lacy, Conrad Herwig, and Bob Trowers.
Clifton has worked with a "who's who" of diverse musical giants: from Frank Foster, McCoy Tyner, Clifford Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Merv Griffin and The Mighty Sparrow to Lester Bowie, Paul Simon, Muhal Richard Abrams, WyClef Jean, and Dionne Warwick among others. Clifton's credits also include the Broadway shows Dreamgirls and Nine.
1983 Clifton got the call to join his uncle, Sonny Rollins. From
that time to the present he has been a member of Sonny's group
and has toured extensively with him, performing throughout Europe,
Asia, South America, Australia, Canada and of course the United
States. Clifton has also appeared on ten Sonny Rollins recordings.
In 2005 Clifton worked on the production of the Sonny Rollins
Without a Song: The 911 Concert CD. Since then Clifton has produced
four releases for Sonny's label Doxy Records: Sonny, Please, the
DVD Sonny Rollins in Vienne, Road Shows Vol. 1, and Clifton's
own Decade. Along with managing the Doxy label, Clifton also runs
OLEO,LLC, Sonny's merchandising company.
1997 Clifton released his first recording as a leader/producer,
entitled Landmarks on the Milestone label. Landmarks received
critical acclaim internationally and made the top ten play lists
on Jazz radio coast to coast. At the end of 2007 Clifton went
back into the studio as a leader to produce the highly anticipated
Decade, his first recording in approximately ten years. Decade
on Doxy/Emarcy Records is distributed worldwide by the Universal