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POSTPONED: Jazz pianist Gerald Clayton, two-time Grammy nominee

Jazz pianist Gerald Clayton. Photograph by Emra Islek.

NOTE TO READERS: Because of the Feb. 8-9 snowstorm, the concert by the Gerald Clayton trio planned for Feb. 9 will be rescheduled. Please watch bates.edu/news and bates.edu/events for further information.


Led by a jazz pianist and composer twice nominated for a Grammy, the Gerald Clayton Trio performs at Bates College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

Admission is $12 for the general public, available at www.batestickets.com. Free tickets are available to the first 100 seniors or students; reserve by emailing olinarts@bates.edu. For more information, please call 207-786-6135.

The New York Times likens Clayton to jazz legend Oscar Peterson and praises him for a “huge, authoritative presence.” In a concert review, Los Angeles Times critic Don Heckman wrote that “individually and collectively, (the trio’s) performance was at a stunningly high professional level — enhanced by the enthusiastic feeling of exhilaration in everything they played.”

“I have listened to lots of different musical styles as long as I can remember,” Clayton says. “I seek to blend the various styles and sounds I love into a balanced, tasteful musical language.”

The trio’s latest recording is 2011′s Bond: The Paris Sessions (Decca/Emarcy Records). Recorded at Studio de Meudon in Paris and engineered by Grammy-winner Joel Moss, the disc “exhibits a new level of chemistry that has developed between the three of us,” Clayton says.

“Since each of the compositions is dedicated to various personal bonds in my life, listening back conjures up specific memories and emotions for me.”

Drummer Justin Brown and bassist Joe Sanders round out the trio.

Still in his 20s, Clayton has worked with top jazz musicians such as Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash and Al Foster. In addition to his trio, he performs with the Clayton Brothers Quintet, which features his father, bassist John Clayton, and his uncle Jeff Clayton, a saxophonist. From 2006-08, Gerald toured extensively with various ensembles led by trumpeter Hargrove.

Born in the Netherlands in 1984, Clayton grew up in Los Angeles. His compositions have been commissioned by the Jazz Gallery in New York City and performed overseas by the BBC Orchestra.



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