“Clayton is one of the most accomplished, distinctive and innovative pianists performing today” – Don Was, Blue Note Records president


Blue Note Records is celebrating its 85th Anniversary with a tour starring The Blue Note Quintet – a group brought together to honor the label’s rich history and pave the way for the eclectic artists of today’s roster. Gerald Clayton leads the band as Musical Director and pianist. Rounding out the group are vibraphonist Joel Ross, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, drummer Kendrick Scott, and bassist Matt Brewer.

Six-time Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and bandleader Gerald Clayton earned recent recognition for 2023’s Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard. Collaborating with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, John Scofield, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gretchen Parlato and the legendary Charles Lloyd, Clayton currently serves as Director of Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.

Joel Ross continues refining an expression true to his sound and his generation. In 2019, the vibraphonist-composer issued his anticipated debut, Edison Award-winning KingMaker to eruptive critical acclaim. His 2020 release Who Are You? features his band Good Vibes at their most synchronous. New York Times praised the album for the ways it “speaks to a new level of group cohesion… more tangle, more sharing, more possibility.”

The music of saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins is filled with empathy and conviction. Listeners were introduced to this riveting sound with his acclaimed debut album Omega, named the #1 Jazz Album of 2020 by The New York Times. His second album, The 7th Hand, explores relationships between presence and nothingness across an hour-long suite.

Kendrick Scott was born in Houston. By age 8 he had taken up the drums and he later attended Houston’s renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. While still attending HSPVA, Scott won several student awards. He was later awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Scott has toured with Herbie Hancock, Charles Lloyd, The Crusaders, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kurt Elling, and Terence Blanchard.

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