Gerald Clayton Trio | SFJAZZ
Gerald Clayton Trio
Possessing an exquisite touch, astonishing technique, and a trio sound that somehow combines the dynamic finesse of Ahmad Jamal with the hurtling swing of Oscar Peterson, Gerald Clayton ranks among the very best pianists of his generation. At 32, he’s already a well-traveled veteran who spent much of last year as music director of the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour, an all-star aggregation featuring Ravi Coltrane and Nicholas Payton. But he’s at his most unfettered as the leader of his acclaimed trio – an evolving ensemble that earned a GRAMMY nomination for Clayton’s 2009 debut release Two-Shade. With a compositional approach inspired by studies with Billy Childs, Clayton is the scion of a jazz dynasty. The son of esteemed Los Angeles bassist/arranger John Clayton and nephew of alto saxophonist Jeff Clayton, he’s played and recorded with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Clayton Brothers (with whom he earned another GRAMMY nomination for a composition on 2010’s The New Song and Dance.) This two-night run in the Joe Henderson Lab celebrates the release of Clayton’s new album, featuring a sterling new trio including bassist Harish Raghavan (Eric Harland’s Voyager, Kurt Elling), and drummer Henry Cole (Miguel Zenón, David Sánchez).