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Beyond Cleary’s considerable skills as a tunesmith he is equally renowned around the globe as an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist. Cleary’s thirty-five years of intensive hands-on work on the Crescent City scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. Toussaint, in fact, took time from his busy schedule to write most of the horn arrangements for GoGo Juice – thus bringing symmetry to Cleary’s recording of an entire album of Toussaint songs, entitled Occapella, which garnered rave reviews in 2012. In addition to the Toussaint touch, GoGo Juice bursts, full flavor, with expert accompaniment by some of New Orleans’ top session men – including guitarist Shane Theriot, fellow keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall, and the Dirty Dozen horns – along with members of Cleary’s band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joerg Steineck: Getting Inside Scofield

Read "Joerg Steineck: Getting Inside Scofield" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Joerg Steineck is a German filmmaker who has made both documentary and fictional films. His latest project Inside Scofield is, as the title suggests, a look at guitar icon John Scofield's career and life on (and off) the road as a touring jazz musician. All About Jazz sat down to talk with Steineck about the making ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

At A Korean Jazz Picnic, No Need To Know The Music

Read "At A Korean Jazz Picnic, No Need To Know The Music" reviewed by Arthur R George

That jazz appeals to younger audiences, is fun, and not so serious, is more than a mere notion, materializing in, of all places, South Korea. The Jarasum Jazz Festival created there by promoter In Jae Jin has become one of the largest in Asia by hosting a multi-day event which features camping, western and Korean performers, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Savannah Music Festival 2019

Read "Savannah Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Savannah Music Festival Savannah, GA March 28-April 2, 2019 The opening day of this 30th edition of the Savannah Music Festival featured a pronounced bombardment of diverse artists, tearing apart the motor controls of the driven sonic obsessive. If a pair of ears lends equal attention to Louisiana zydeco, Saharan ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jon Cleary at The Ardmore Music Hall

Read "Jon Cleary at The Ardmore Music Hall" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Jon Cleary The Ardmore Music Hall September 2, 2016 Jon Cleary's albums are chock full of indisputable funk steeped in jny: New Orleans tradition, fine musicianship and stylized songwriting but the real mojo is in seeing him and his Absolute Monster Gentlemen live. His album Mo Hippa Live captures this ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Eric Burdon & the Animals at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Eric Burdon & the Animals at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Eric Burdon & the Animals with special guest the Edgar Winter Group NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY August 28, 2015 Eric Burdon is an iconic member of the '60s British Blues Invasion. Burdon's band, the Animals, along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, the Dave ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Music Education Monday: New Orleans piano with Jon Cleary and Tom McDermott

Music Education Monday: New Orleans piano with Jon Cleary and Tom McDermott

Given that old adage about converts being the most zealous believers, perhaps it should come as no surprise that two of the most prominent current custodians of the New Orleans piano tradition are transplants to the city. Jon Cleary originally from is England, while Tom McDermott is from right here in jny: St. Louis, but both ...

NEWS: EVENT

Sol Roots Band With Special Guest Ron Holloway Perform Thursday February 12 In Northern Virginia.

Sol Roots Band With Special Guest Ron Holloway Perform Thursday February 12 In Northern Virginia.

Sol Roots band performs on Thursday February 12 with special guest Ron Holloway in Falls Church VA at the legendary JV’s. The band will perform funk, deep soul, raw blues, jazz, and rock. “He’s toured the world with some of the biggest names in funk and blues... He’s the fiery guitarist known as Sol, and his ...

NEWS: EVENT

Sol Roots Trio Performs As Part Of The DC Jazz Festival

Sol Roots Trio Performs As Part Of The DC Jazz Festival

With more than 125 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in Washington, DC and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. Artists performing as part of the DC Jazz Festival include: John McLaughlin, Pharoah Sanders, Lionel Loueke, Lonnie Liston Smith, Johnny ...

ARTICLE: TALKIN' BLUES

Talkin' Blues with John Scofield

Read "Talkin' Blues with John Scofield" reviewed by Alan Bryson

[This article originally appeared at my Jazzamatazz blog in April 2011.] John Scofield is one of the world's most influential and respected guitarists, a musician and composer who has worked with many of the greatest names in jazz: Chet Baker, Gary Burton, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan and scores ...


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