Saturday, February 16, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 (R), $30 (NR)
"...stunningly high professional level — enhanced by the enthusiastic feeling of exhilaration in everything they played."
—Los Angeles Times
The New York Times has saluted his "Oscar-Peterson like style" and "huge, authoritative presence" and Down Beat Magazine's 2008 Readers' Poll named him one of the top up-and-coming pianists to watch. As a composer, Gerald Clayton's work has been commissioned by the Jazz Gallery in New York City and performed overseas by the BBC Orchestra. He has been honored with a Level 1 award by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (NFAA), the title "Presidential Scholar in the Arts," and second place in the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Piano Competition. Dodging early pressures to emerge as a prodigy, Gerald instead honed his talents and his resolve to ensure that this next generation is never lacking for intricate, swinging pieces and performances that are steeped in tradition while always facing the future.
- Visit Gerald Clayton's website.