The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
September 29, 2019

There is a 43-year age difference between jazz-and-beyond icon Chick Corea and rising star Gerald Clayton. But the mutual admiration between these two genre-leaping keyboard dynamos — who each perform in San Diego on the same night next week at separate concerts with their respective bands — easily transcends time.

“He’s an amazing young musician,” Corea, 78, said of Clayton, who performs a Wednesday Athenaeum Jazz at TSRI concert with his quartet.

“Gerald is one of the guys who inspires me when I hear him. He has his own way of doing it and finding his own voice. And he’s a very bright guy. I really like him a lot, and I love his playing.”

Clayton, 35, is even more effusive, to the point that he suggested this article should focus more on 22-time Grammy Award winner Corea than on him.

“Chick is a legend — the maestro! — and has been a huge inspiration for me since I was a teenager,” said four-time Grammy nominee Clayton of Corea, who performs Wednesday at the Balboa Theater with his band Trilogy.