Jon Cleary

With Jon Cleary, New Orleans’ English son, a Grammy Award Winner and a wonderful example of the Crescent City’s R&B piano tradition 

Dates: 30.6-1.7. 2017

A talented singer and pianist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter, and successful arranger, Jon Cleary is a wonderful example of the contemporary New Orleans R&B-funk scene. Born in Kent, England, Cleary has dedicated his life to the discovery of the musical tradition of the Crescent City, his home. A highly saught-after musician, he has performed with artists of the caliber of Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Ryan Adams, and Eric Burdon. Furthermore, some of his compositions have been played by John Scofield, with whom he has toured on various occasions. He has travelled the world together with his successful band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen; among others he also performed in Ascona in 2008. Jon Cleary has released various albums and the album, Go Go Juice, won the Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album in 2016. We are honored to welcome one of the best representatives of the New Orleans R&B piano tradition to Ascona! 

From: New Orleans
Style: Blues, R&B, Soul, New Orleans Funk

Jon Cleary, piano & vocals
Nigel Hall, keys
Cornell Williams, bass
AJ Hall, drums