Becton - Drums and Cymbals
Mississippi, Clarence Becton moved at age twelve to Buffalo, N.Y. He
worked locally with Pete Johnson, Don Menza, Don Ellis,
and Wade Legge.
Clarence also performed at the 'Royal Arms Club', playing for soloists
like Coleman Hawkins, Clark Terry, John Hendricks.
He left Buffalo with Hendricks touring the U.S. and Canada.
In 1969 Clarence moved to Munich, working at the Domicile Jazz
Club and other locations with Pony Poindexter, Benny Bailey, Slide
Hampton, Lucky Thompson, Mal Waldron, Dusko Goykovich
and many other artists.
Upon returning to the U.S. in 1970, he worked with Thelonious Monk,
Bobby Hutcherson, Ernestine Anderson, Woody Shaw, Mark
Levine, Michael White, Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, Pepper
Adams, Eddie Henderson, Captain John Handy, Julian
Priester and others.
In early 1979 Clarence Becton went on the road, for nine months touring
the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe with Earl 'Fatha' Hines.
At the end of the tour Clarence moved to New York City and began performing
with many fine artists such as Joe Albany, John Hendricks & Family,
Pepper Adams and Slide Hampton.
Moving back to Europe in March 1981 Clarence performed with Charles
Green, Wilber Little, Keshevan Maslak and the Dusko Goykovich-Joe
Having established a homebase in Amsterdam, he has performed and recorded
over the years with many fine local and international musicians, amongst
others, Bill Gerhardt, Curtis Clark, Mola Sylla and Gylan Kain.
Recently Clarence has been performing, touring, and recording with,
to name just a few: Victor Kaihatu, Rob Armus and Benny Baily etc.