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Gerald Clayton: Learning On and Off the Bandstand

In video interview from The Jazz Cruise 2013, the pianist talks about growing up immersed in jazz, as well as about working with his peers

Gerald Clayton

During the 2013 Jazz Cruise, JazzTimes set up a make-shift video production studio in one of the cabins on the MS Westerdam. Throughout the week, a succession of artists-including Karrin Allyson, Julian Lage, Sean Jones, Terell Stafford, New York Voices, Joey DeFrancesco and many others-came in to talk about the cruise, jazz education and their own projects. You can see more of these video interviews at the JazzTimes YouTube channel.

In these two In Person interview segments, Gerald talked about his musical education and development, including his first musical instrument, first paid gig and first jazz album. He also talked about the positive aspects of being raised in a very successful jazz family, as well as about how he learns from both the greats and his peers. He discussed his new album, Life Forum, as well as Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle project (with Christian McBride). Finally, Gerald espoused his views on the diversity of the current generation of jazz players.

For more information about Gerald, you can visit his website.

Gerald Clayton on his musical education and development, growing up in a musical family and how younger musicians can learn their craft:

Gerald Clayton on his Life Forum, Money Jungle and the rich diversity of jazz players on the scene today:

Interview by Irene Lee. Video production by Lee Mergner.

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