WUSF All Night Jazz Focus Artist of the Week: Gerald Clayton

Gerald Clayton. Photo by Devin Dehaven/www.geraldclayton.com

For the month of January we’ll be highlighting jazz musicians nominated for the 2021 Grammy Awards which will be held on January 31st. Each week our focus artist of the week will be someone nominated for a Grammy.

This week on All Night Jazz we’ll focus on composer, arranger and pianist Gerald Clayton, who has been nominated for a Grammy six times, two of which were for his latest release, “Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard.” Not only was this recording nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, but his solo on the Bud Powell composition, “Celia,” was also nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.

Born May 11, 1984, in the Netherlands, Clayton was raised in Los Angeles. He is the son of bassist John Clayton and the nephew of the late saxophonist Jeff Clayton, two of the principal artists in both the Clayton Brothers Band and the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He studied with pianist Billy Childs while at USC and later with NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at the Manhattan School of Music.

In addition to recording with his father and uncle, Gerald Clayton has also worked with trumpeter Roy Hargrove, singer Diana Krall, guitarist John Scofield and many others.

We’ll hear the piano of Gerald Clayton all week long on All Night Jazz.


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