Tue 4/14 @ 12:15PM, 7:30PM
Thirty-year-old pianist Gerald Clayton is one of the rising stars of jazz. He’s got the training — he attended the prestigious University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. And he’s got the bloodline — his father is noted bassist/ bandleader John Clayton who teaches at Thornton. He’s already played on albums by performers like Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove and Terri Lyne Carrington, and he’s got half a dozen albums under his own name.
Both Claytons, father and son, were at Tri-C Metro in March for a master class with Tri-C and Oberlin students, sponsored by Tri-C JazzFest. Now the younger Clayton is returning for a day of workshops with high school and college musicians. The schedule includes a lunchtime performance by Clayton and his trio as well as the Berklee Next Generation Ensemble under the direction of Carrington.
It’s at the Tri-CMetro Campus Mainstage Theatre and it’s free and open to the public.
Then in the evening at 7:30, the crew — Clayton’s trio and the Berklee ensemble— will move over to Mahall’s where they’ll perform again on the main stage where they’ll likely cut loose and generate some real fireworks. Who says jazz is old fogey music? Admission is $5.