John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Jeff Clayton founded the CHJO in 1986. The two young men, John and Jeff Hamilton, had played together with Monty Alexander then gone their separate ways, reuniting in Los Angeles to found the band. Brother Jeff Clayton, who had been living and working in Los Angeles all along, came on board to help put the band together.
While typical in configuration (19 pieces) the music is anything but typical, and that's what keeps the band members and the audiences enamored. The unique sounds of the CHJO are both, swinging and sophisticated!
2015 CHJO was Grammy nominated in in the BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM category for The L.A. Treasures Project!