Gerald Clayton

“Gerald Clayton is one of the most accomplished, distinctive and innovative pianists performing today,” — Blue Note President Don Was

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. 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. The six-time GRAMMY®-nominated jazz pianist/composer brings his magic to THE 222.

The son of beloved bass player and composer John Clayton, Gerald has performed and recorded with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield and the Clayton Brothers Quintet, and tours and records with saxophone legend Charles Lloyd.

LISTEN / Gerald Clayton - Peace Invocation

LISTEN / Gerald Clayton - Sunny Day Go / At Home with Oscar

About Gerald Clayton

Having formally begun his musical journey at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Gerald Clayton then graduated from USC’s Thornton School of Music under the instruction of piano icon Billy Childs, following a year of intensive study with NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at The Manhattan School of Music. In 2006 Clayton won second place in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition.

Clayton’s discography as a leader reflects his evolution as an artist. His debut recording, Two Shade (ArtistShare), earned a 2010 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for his arrangement of Cole Porter’s “All of You.” “Battle Circle,”his composition featured on The Clayton Brothers’ recording The New Song and Dance (ArtistShare), received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Composition in 2011. He received 2012 and 2013 GRAMMY® nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Bond: The Paris Sessions (Concord) and Life Forum (Concord), his second and third album releases. Clayton made his Blue Note debut with the 2020 release of Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard, which earned him two more GRAMMY® nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo. His 2022 Blue Note release Bells On Sand explores the impact and abstraction of time with contributions from mentor Charles Lloyd on saxophone, father John Clayton on bass, longtime friend and peer Justin Brown on drums, and new collaborator MARO on vocals.