|Years active 1960 to present|
Name Cleveland Eaton
|Role Record producer|
|Born August 31, 1939 (age 76)
Fairfield, Alabama United States (1939-08-31) |
Occupation(s) Musician, bandleader, producer, composer, publisher, arranger, businessman
Instruments Double Bass, saxophone, trumpet, tuba
Education Tennessee State University
Albums Plenty Good Eaton, Half and Half
Genres Jazz, Swing music, Funk, Rhythm and blues, Popular music
Similar People Calvin Keys, Gene Russell, Roland Haynes, Doug Carn, Morris Jennings
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Cleveland Josephus "Cleve" Eaton II (born August 31, 1939) is an American jazz double bassist, producer, arranger, composer, publisher, and head of his own record company from Fairfield, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. His most famous accomplishments are playing with the Ramsey Lewis Trio and the Count Basie Orchestra. His 1975 recording Plenty Good Eaton is considered a classic in the funk music genre. He has been inducted into both the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
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Eaton began studying music at the age of five, and by the time he was fifteen, he had mastered the piano, trumpet, and saxophone. He began playing bass when a teacher allowed him to take one home, spending nearly every waking hour learning the instrument. This lead him to become what many call one of the most versatile and best jazz bassists in the business. Eaton came from a music-loving family, including an older sister who studied at both Fisk University and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He was also a student of John T. "Fess" Whatley, one of the most influential and well-known educators in American jazz music during the 1920s and 1930s. who also mentored Sun Ra and Erskine Hawkins. Eaton played in a jazz group in college at Tennessee A & I State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in music. He has lent his talents to over 100 albums, and composed about three times as many songs. After spending years on the road as a musician and arranger with a list of artists who form a virtual Who’s Who of jazz, Eaton returned to Birmingham, Alabama, to join UAB’s music department in 1996.
Eaton has played on notable recording sessions with nearly all genres – jazz with John Klemmer, Ike Cole and Bunky Green, R&B with The Dells and Bobby Rush, pop with Minnie Riperton, Jerry Butler and Rotary Connection, big band music with George Benson, Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Billy Eckstein, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald. Eaton was dubbed “the Count’s Bassist” during his seventeen-year stint and over ten recordings with the Count Basie Orchestra. Eaton has also performed with Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Mimi Hines, Sammy Davis, Jr., Julie London, Bobby Troupe, Brook Benton, Lou Rawls, Nipsey Russell, Morgana King, Gloria Lynne, Herbie Hancock, the Magic City Jazz Orchestra, Ray Reach, The Platters (original), The Temptations, and The Miracles. In 1974, he began performing and touring with his own group, Cleve Eaton and Co., and in 2004 his group became Cleve Eaton and the Alabama All Stars.
According to the May 7–14, 2009 issue of the Birmingham Weekly, a free weekly paper, Eaton was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2009. In January 2011, his official website reported that he was cancer free. He and his wife, Myra Eaton, currently reside in Birmingham, Alabama, and he continues to perform at local venues, such as the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and at jazz festivals, such as the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival.
With Ramsey Lewis
With the Count Basie Orchestra
With Bunky Green
With Gene Ammons
With the Soulful Strings
With Robert Moore