As the calendar turns to December and 2015 hurtles toward a close, The Jazz Gallery still has some special 20th Anniversary Concerts in store. After presenting Henry Threadgill/Vijay Iyer/Dafnis Prieto and Jeff “Tain” Watts in November, we are proud to present two evenings with pianist Gerald Clayton this weekend. A two-time Grammy nominee and major trendsetter in jazz today, Clayton is presenting two different bands at the Gallery this weekend, showing his diverse musical interests. On his Facebook page, Clayton writes the following about his upcoming shows:
I joined the Gallery family 10 years ago, my rookie season in the big city, when Dale Fitzgerald and Rio Sakairi graciously gave me my first headlining gig.
Since then I’ve clocked in a lot of hours as a hungry audience member. On Friday I’ll be joined by some younger-than-I-lions (Joel Ross, Godwin Louis, and Russell Hall) along with one of the long time heavyweights on the scene, Rodney Green. On Saturday—a gathering of some of my favorite singing humans—good friends who go back as early as those rookie days—in fact Obed Calvaire was on that first gig back in 2005—Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens, and Alan Hampton. Join us as we pay tribute to this special place, and toast to the end of another year.
We couldn’t say it any better ourselves, and we hope that you come and contribute to The Jazz Gallery’s familiar vibe for these shows.
Pianist Gerald Clayton performs at The Jazz Gallery on Friday, December 4th, and Saturday, December 5th, 2015. On Friday, Mr. Clayton is joined by Joel Ross on vibraphone, Godwin Louis on saxophone, Russell Hall on bass, and Rodney Green on drums. On Saturday, Clayton is joined by Gretchen Parlato on voice, Becca Stevens on voice & guitar, Alan Hampton on voice & bass, and Obed Calvaire on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. each night. $25 general admission ($15 for members), $35 reserved cabaret tables ($25 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.