Gerald William Clayton is a jazz pianist and composer born in Utrecht, Netherlands, and raised in Southern California.
Gerald Clayton studied classical piano with Linda Buck for eleven years, starting at the age of seven, and jazz piano and composition with Donald Vega, Shelly Berg, Kenny Barron and Billy Childs. He graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 2002. At graduation, he was selected by the Music for Youth Foundation as one of four young musicians to receive a scholarship and perform at Steinway Hall. In September 2002, he received the Shelly Manne Award for emerging young artists from the Los Angeles Jazz Society. In 2006, he received the Bachelor of Arts degree through the Jazz Studies program atUSC Thornton School of Music; a program that included his father as senior lecturer. He took second place in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition. In the winter of 2006–2007, Gerald Clayton moved to New York City where he currently resides. Clayton is currently represented by Addeo Music International (AMI).