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Gerald Clayton
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Gerald Clayton Trio

APR 18–21 | KEYED UP II

Apr 20 - Apr 21
Joe Henderson Lab
SatApr 20
7:00 PM

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SatApr 20
8:30 PM

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SunApr 21
6:00 PM

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SunApr 21
7:30 PM

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“A remarkable player, he seems to understand what our ear wants — blooming harmony, melodic improvisations, firm landings — and how to deliver it” (The New York Times). Possessing an exquisite touch, astonishing technique, and a trio sound that somehow combines the dynamic finesse of Ahmad Jamal with the hurtling swing of Oscar Peterson, Gerald Clayton ranks among the very best pianists of his generation.

At 34, he’s already a well-traveled veteran who has served as music director of the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour, released four highly regarded albums, and collaborated with artists including Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Terri Lyne Carrington. But he’s at his most unfettered as the leader of his acclaimed trio – an evolving ensemble that earned a GRAMMY nomination for Clayton’s 2009 debut release Two-Shade. With a compositional approach inspired by studies with Billy Childs, Clayton is the scion of a jazz dynasty. The son of esteemed Los Angeles bassist/arranger John Clayton and nephew of alto saxophonist Jeff Clayton, he’s played and recorded with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Clayton Brothers (with whom he earned another GRAMMY nomination for a composition on 2010’s The New Song and Dance.) This two-night run in the Joe Henderson Lab features Clayton’s superlative trio, performing music from his latest Motéma release, Tributary Tales.

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One of the most engaging and promising young pianists in jazz.

Chicago Tribune

Relentless creativity and individual expression are two distinct qualities that fuel Gerald Clayton both in life and as a musician.

PopMatters

Relentless creativity and individual expression are two distinct qualities that fuel Gerald Clayton both in life and as a musician.

PopMatters

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TBA

Individually and collectively, their performance was at a stunningly high professional level—enhanced by the enthusiastic feeling of exhilaration in everything they played.

Los Angeles Times

Personnel

Gerald Clayton piano
TBA

Individually and collectively, their performance was at a stunningly high professional level—enhanced by the enthusiastic feeling of exhilaration in everything they played.

Los Angeles Times

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