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Gerald Clayton

Gerald was born on May 11, 1984 in Utrecht, The Netherlands and moved to the United States at a young age. He graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) in the summer of 2002 and received a Bachelor's of Music from the Jazz Studies program at USC in the Fall of 2006. Gerald grew up in a musical family (his father is bassist/composer John Clayton and his uncle saxophonist Jeff Clayton) and was exposed to a variety of musical styles from a very young age. He studied classical piano with Mrs. Linda Buck and jazz piano and composition with Shelly Berg, Kenny Barron and Billy Childs. Gerald was the winner of the 2001 Music Center Spotlight Awards and received the 'Outstanding Soloist' Award during the Monterey High School Jazz Competition in 2001 and 2002

Album

Bells On Sand

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Water’s Edge; Elegia; Damunt De Tu Nomes Les Flors; My Ideal I: That Roy; Rip; Just A Dream; My Ideal 2; Peace Invocation; There Is Music Where You’re Going My Friends.

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Article: Live Review

Nice Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by Martin McFie


Nice Jazz Festival Nice,South of France July 15-19, 2022Deputy Mayor for Culture Robert Roux officially opened the Nice Jazz Festival 2022, together with artistic director Sebastien Vidal, who is also director of TSF jazz radio in France.Nduduzo Makhathini Quartet From the land of Zulu kings in South Africa, Nduduzo Makhathini ...

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Article: Live Review

43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Part 1 | Part 2 43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Sqaurejny:Cleveland, Ohio June 23-25, 2022 Not quite ten years ago in 2014, the Tri-C JazzFest morphed from a spring event held largely on campus to a summer happening in downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square. Like with most festivals, the ...

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Take Five with Tobin Mueller

Read "Take Five with Tobin Mueller" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kresten Osgood, Ronnie Foster, Melissa Stylianou, Ghost Horse & More New Releases

Read "Kresten Osgood, Ronnie Foster, Melissa Stylianou, Ghost Horse & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


An Hammond B-3onanza! Ronnie Foster is back, with a reissue of Two-Headed Freap and the first new album in almost four decades, Reboot, and so is the Gentle Giant of Danish jazz drummer-turned-Hammond player Kresten Osgood. A compare and contrast between Gerald Clayton and Melissa Stylianou, Gene Bertoncini and Ike Sturm, as well the new gems ...

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Article: Interview

Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang

Read "Pianist Joe Block: At the Start of His Big Bang" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


According to cosmologists, our universe started as a tiny speck and within a fraction of a second exploded into a huge ever-expanding space with all the galaxies, stars, and planets condensing out of the dispersed matter within it. This picture of the origins of the cosmos provides an apt metaphor for the way in which some ...

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Take Five with Carlos Barba

Read "Take Five with Carlos Barba" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Carlos Barba Carlos Barba is an active performer, composer, educator, arranger, improvisor, producer, and multi-instrumentalist residing in El Paso, TX. He has recorded seven full-length albums as leader, two as sideman (Juan Pedro Macias Trio & Gabriel Balderas Quartet), two E.P./minidiscs, and two singles. The Carlos Barba Trio had the opportunity of opening for Antonio ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sharp Radway, Gerald Clayton and Armen Donelian

Read "Sharp Radway, Gerald Clayton and Armen Donelian" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 752nd Episode of Neon Jazz with pianist Armen Donelian with new music from his latest release Fresh Start. Next, we hear from his friend Billy Harper and a host of veteran artists with new material out in 2022. From the likes of Sam Kirmayer, David Nichtern, Sharp Radway and James Brown Gang. In ...

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Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players

Read "Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players" reviewed by Leo Sidran


From an early age, Walter Smith III began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in jny:Houston]} with another saxophonist. I took a solo on &#147;Blue Bossa." It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?" <br /><br ...


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