James Clay

James Clay

born on 8/9/1935 in Dallas, TX, United States

died in 1994 in Dallas, TX, United States

James Clay (musician)

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James Clay (musician)

James Earl Clay (b. Sept. 8, 1935, Dallas, Texas - d. there, Jan. 1, 1994) was an American hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist and flutist. While in school Clay played alto saxophone, became a professional musician, and played with local bands in Dallas, including with Booker Ervin. Later, he went to California, there he played in 1957 in Red Mitchell's quartet and on recordings with Lawrence Marable. at the end of 1957 he returned to his hometown of Dallas, and served in the Army in 1959.[1]


As leader

As sideman

  • Don Cherry: Art Deco (A&M Records, 1988)
  • Billy Higgins Quartet (Contemporary, 1980, 1986)
  • Lawrence Marable Quartet: Tenorman (Fresh Sound Rec., 1956) with Sonny Clark
  • Red Mitchell: Presenting Red Mitchell (OJC, 1957)
  • Wes Montgomery: Movin' Along (OJC, 1960)
  • Bill Perkins: The Right Chemistry (Jazz Mark, 1987)


  1. [James Clay (musician) at All Music Guide Allmusic]

Further reading

  • Richard Cook & Morton, Brian: The Penguin Guide To Jazz on CD, 6th Edition, London, Penguin, 2002 ISBN 0-14-017949-6.
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