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Hybrid Jazz - with Gerald Clayton & Chelsey Green!

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Trish Hennessey

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Hope y'all are ready to ROCK!  The staggeringly gifted pianist/composer, Gerald Clayton, kicks off the show at one on Thursday, April 18th.  Born in the Netherlands, raised in Southern California and now based in New York, Gerald is used to being scrutinized. Amazing as a child, tutored by Kenny Barron and Billy Childs, it was inevitable that his path would be music. His Dad is bandleader and bassist, John Clayton - with his Uncle Jeff on sax, they are the nucleus of The Clayton Brothers Quintet. There is no reason to believe that Gerald's new project (his third as leader) -   "Life Forum"  - will be anything less than Grammy nominated. He has had three in his very young life. One of the most buzzworthy artists on the Jazz scene or any other.  Ask the internationally known elders who want to play with him!

Chelsey Green is another of those wondrous beings who gravitated to her instrument very young - at five. "The Green Violinist" was born into a family of Jazz and Funk musicians, but was classically trained. While attending the University of Texas at Austin, Chelsey interned at a Top 40 radio station. She envisioned a way of communicating contemporary music via her violin - incorporating the roots of her childhood, with the classics - to create a new sound to excite those in her generation. She has shared the stage with diverse artists - Roberta Flack, Tye Tribbett and MC Lyte. Like Gerald, she is not sworn to genre loyalty - but gravitates to those who share her passion for (wait for it) Hybridity :-D "Still Green: The EP" has done smashingly well since it's debut last year (Chelsey's used to being smashing!)

One, Gerald. Two, Chelsey. Music from both in the meantime - and a few more tunes (new and old) that you'll love. Trust me. She said, smiling.