The young American Pianist Gerald Clayton belongs to a new and innovative jazz generation whose members grew up with hip hop, electronica, ambient, indie rock and singer-songwriter folk and who are now processing these influences in their own work. Born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Gerald Clayton was raised in sunny California and took piano lessons from early childhood. Later, at the University of Southern California, he studied under renowned artists such as Kenny Barron. Virtuosity, discipline and musical playfulness are his defining attributes.
Gerald made a name for himself as a musical sparring partner for big names such as Mulgrew Miller and Hank Jones, and has performed with artists including
Clark Terry, Al Foster, Diana Krall and
In 2014, Gerald received his fourth Grammy nomination.
Gerald Clayton's new album TRIBUTARY TALES, out 21 April 2017!
"The various encounters in my life are in their own way tributaries – every trip is somehow an opportunity to discover a new type of bend in the river. The places, people, foods and cultures I’ve been able to experience in my travels, all the musicians I gathered for this project and all the songs I’ve written – there’s a feeling of connectedness between them", Gerald says.
Please listen to Gerald's brand-new music: