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Monday, April 29
7:00 PM
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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Gerald Clayton & Elena Pinderhughes Duo

6:00 PM
All Ages

Dinner Special:
Grilled Chicken with Olive Relish
Green Orzo with Snap Peas
House Salad & Baguette
*meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter


Six-time GRAMMY nominated pianist-composer and Blue Note recording artist Gerald Clayton began formal studies at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance at USC’s Thornton School of Music under the instruction of Billy Childs, following a year of intensive study with NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at The Manhattan School of Music. In 2006, Clayton won second place in the Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition. In the years since, Clayton has collaborated with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, John Scofield, Terri Lyne Carrington, Peter Bernstein, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gretchen Parlato, Ben Wendel, the Clayton Brothers Quintet and legendary band leader Charles Lloyd. He currently serves as Director of Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and has served as Musical Director for Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour.

Over the years, Clayton’s playing and original works have received GRAMMY recognition for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, Best Jazz Instrumental Composition and Best Jazz Instrumental Album—a nomination he earned most recently for his debut release on Blue Note Records, Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard.

Clayton will be joined on this concert date by Elena Pinderhughes, who at just twenty-seven years old has established herself as one of the preeminent flautists in modern music. Her sound, steeped in tradition yet percolating with harmonic and rhythmic invention, has led her to sharing the stage with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, and Carlos Santana.

“Pinderhughes’s lovely, agile flute playing brings something new to Hancock’s music, a breezy, fluid timbre that encircles and floats over the rhythm section.” – Richard S. Ginell, San Francisco Classical Voice

Sponsored by Barbara Paul & Tom LaFaille
(Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)


Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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