Gerald Clayton searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering. The four-time Grammy Award nominated pianist/composer formally began his musical journey at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he received the 2002 Presidential Scholar of the Arts
Award. Continuing his scholarly pursuits, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance at USC’s Thornton School of Music under the instruction of piano icon Billy Childs, after a year of intensive study with NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at The Manhattan School of Music. Clayton won second place in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition.
WHEN: FEBRUARY 3, 2018 AT 8:00 pm
WHERE: KOERNER HALL – TELUS CENTRE
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THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
TD JAZZ: THE ROOTS OF JAZZ CONCERT SERIES
René Marie, vocals
Gerald Clayton, piano
Godwin Louis, alto saxophone
Marvin Sewell, guitar
Expansion has become part of Clayton’s artistic identity. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy. Inclusive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Kendrick Scott, John Scofield, Ben Williams, Terell Stafford & Dick Oatts, Michael Rodriguez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Avishai Cohen, Peter Bernstein, and the Clayton Brothers Quintet. Clayton also has enjoyed an extended association since early 2013, touring and recording with saxophone legend Charles Lloyd.
René Marie’s daring makes her one of America’s most interesting and compelling artists. So do her influences: her style incorporates a distinctly American mélange of jazz, soul, blues, folk, and gospel, and an innate theatrical ability to interpret a song deeply and live its truth. Her successes in the jazz world include winning over critics, receiving awards such as the Best International Jazz Vocal CD from the French Academie du Jazz, gracing the Billboard
charts multiple times, and becoming a headliner at major international festivals.