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Fri 3.3.2023  /  G Livelab Tampere  /  Tampere

Gerald Clayton (USA)

Gerald Clayton (USA) Tickets

American jazz pianist Gerald Clayton performs at G Livelab with his all-stars group. Dutch-born six time Grammy nominee is joined on stage by Joel Ross (vibraphone), Marquis Hill (trumpet), Logan Richardson (saxophone) and Jeff Parker (guitar).

This special concert is a musical tribute to artist-painter Charles White (Inspired by LACMA’s Charles White Exhibit). It presents us a single life spread across three vibrant American cities: Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

Gerald chose the title as a way to immediately bring race and racial tensions to the front of the listener’s mind. He wants people to consider the whiteness of all three cities as a reminder of the overarching oppression pervading each place where White lived – and that his expression, birthed as the blues, is a testifying of the black experience in a white world.

The title also refers to the artist himself. It is Gerald's intention to represent musically the evolution of White’s heart and mind – not just the subjects and messages of his works, but an accompanying examination of the person who created the works.

Each composition reflects one of five sections of White’s 5 Great American Negroes mural. Gerald composed a different melody for each figure, and chose to intercut their melodic and harmonic themes throughout the piece as a way to represent the dual experience of sight-reading and close-reading the mural in its entirety. He drew inspiration from different aspects of White's work that include the figures themselves, their contributions, their immortalized expressions through White’s unique artistic lens, and the spectrum of Gerald’s emotional reactions to each section and the mural as a whole.

Gerald Clayton's latest album Bells On Sand was released in 2022 by Blue Note.

Concert line up:

Gerald Clayton – Piano, Organ, Fender Rhodes
Joel Ross – Vibraphone
Marquis Hill – Trumpet
Logan Richardson – Alto Saxophone
Jeff Parker – Guitar

Bells On Sand reviews:

“Welcome to pianist Gerald Clayton’s best recording to date, and that’s saying something.”

- DownBeat, 2022

"An expansive, oceanic quality gives this album a timeless feel"

- The Times, 2022

Bells On Sand:

All Music 4,5/5
DownBeat 4,5/5
The Times 4/5
Jazz Trail 4/5
All About Jazz 4/5

Age limit: All ages
Time: Doors at 20:00
Showtime klo 21:00

Ticket price includes 3 € cloackroom charge.

Under 18-year-old music lovers are welcome to G Livelab Tampere shows with an adult. Children under school age can enter gigs free of charge.



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