Thursday Oct 3, 2019
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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The four-time Grammy-nominated pianist and composer plays live jazz.
Four-time Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Gerald Clayton, who took second place in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute’s Jazz Piano Competition, plays with a versatility that has allowed him to perform and record with such distinguished artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Ambrose Akinmusire, John Scofield, Ben Williams, Terell Stafford, as well as the Clayton Brothers Quintet with his father, renowned bassist John Clayton and uncle, saxophonist Jeff. He has also enjoyed an extended association touring and recording with saxophone legend Charles Lloyd. Clayton describes his artistic identity and his music as “a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy.” His most recent release, his fourth Tributary Tales (2017), was described by Jazziz as “his most accomplished and adventurous album yet...the music forever moving, riding streams of intriguing, pleasing sounds — ambling grooves, burrowing piano solos and colorful and often unpredictable multi-saxophone lines. All are tributaries of a highly personal music that’s clearly drawn from jazz tradition but headed in new, unexpected directions and presents a fresh chapter in a brilliant career.” The New York Times wrote, “Clayton is a remarkable player, he seems to understand what our ear wants — blooming harmony, melodic improvisations, rm landings — and how to deliver it.” His quartet tonight features Joe Sanders on bass; Logan Richardson on alto saxophone; and Kendrick Scott on drums.
Gerald Clayton’s performance is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Western Jazz Presenters Network (WJPN).