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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


Short Stories

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2023
Track listing: Mirai; Round Comes Round; Space Acres; Lighthouse; Drop of Dusk; 13/14; Message To A Friend; Bye Nashville; It Takes Two To Know One; It Takes Two To Know One (Alternate Take).


Article: Live Review

Gerald Clayton at Trinity University

Read "Gerald Clayton at Trinity University" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Gerald Clayton Trinity University / Ruth Taylor Hall San Antonio, TX November 7, 2023 Trinity University's Ruth Taylor Hall, with its intimate seating and warm wood-paneled acoustics, is a welcoming spot for a solo piano concert. Addressing the audience as he entered the stage, Gerald Clayton remarked on the geniality of ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Why Can't We Live Together?

Read "Why Can't We Live Together?" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We explore the music and bands we love not only for a source of sonic delight, but also as a metaphor of how ideal societies can work, in harmony and respect, regardless of place of origin and without boundaries, to create something higher than themselves. So this week we focus on music that may provide either ...


Article: Live Review

Farewell to a Behind-the-Scenes Festival Legend, Monterey Jazz Festival at 66

Read "Farewell to a Behind-the-Scenes Festival Legend, Monterey Jazz Festival at 66" reviewed by Josef Woodard

This year's model of the Monterey jazz festival, now up to its 66th annual, felt overall like one of the strongest and most balanced of the past decade. Salient highlights included a stunning African-flavored commissioned work, Isakoso Ara, from Ambrose Akinmusire--one of the proudest products of this festival over many years--along with a saucy and artful ...

Article: Live Review

Guitar Heroes alla Casa del Jazz

Read "Guitar Heroes alla Casa del Jazz" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Guitar Heroes Casa del Jazz Roma 10-13.7.2023 Sotto il nome collettivo di “Guitar Heroes" si sono tenuti alla Casa del Jazz di Roma tre concerti consecutivi aventi come protagonisti altrettanti grandi chitarristi per i quali l'appellativo scelto non risulta esagerato, trattandosi di Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot e Julian Lage. Se i ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joni Mitchell, Daniel Villarreal, Anthony Wilson, Darcy James Argue & More

Read "Joni Mitchell, Daniel Villarreal, Anthony Wilson, Darcy James Argue & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Unexpected returns, B-sides that sound as good as the A-sides, tributes to rock and folk heroes, Impulse! signing another key band of today's scene, Colorfield Records establishing itself even more as the label to follow... this and more on this week's edition of Mondo Jazz!Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. ...


Article: Six Picks

August 2023

Read "August 2023" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

PJEV-Kit Downes-Hayden Chisholm Medna Roso Red Hook 2023 With the third release on his Red Hook label it is becoming increasingly clear that producer Sun Chung isn't trying to box his label's musical output into any specific jazz styling or avant-garde field of experimentation, but rather that music can and should ...


Article: Live Review

Umbria Jazz: mezzo secolo

Read "Umbria Jazz: mezzo secolo" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz 2023 Varie sedi Perugia 7--16.7.2023 50 anni di Umbria Jazz e 90 del suo fondatore e direttore artistico Carlo Pagnotta: un evento unico, festeggiato con un'edizione veramente speciale, ricca di musica e di iniziative collaterali, che ha superato nella programmazione come nella partecipazione del pubblico i livelli degli ultimi ...


Article: Album Review

Vicente Archer: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Bassist Vicente Archer may be a Grammy winner with a long grand vintage (Nicholas Payton, John Scofield, Kenny Garrett, Norah Jones) but he has not revealed his own particular harvest as he does on the amicable and resilient Short Stories. Accompanied on what is technically his debut, fellow Scofield and Payton alum, drummer Bill Stewart and ...


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