Monday 26th August 2019
- Saturday 31st August 2019
£30.00 - £57.50
Line-up: Jon Cleary - piano, guitar, vocals; Cornell Williams - bass, vocals; AJ Hall - drums, vocals; Nigel Hall - keys, vocals; Wayne Plummer - guitar, vocals
“Real music played real good.”
Beyond Jon 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.
Cleary, English by birth, started his journey picking up the guitar at the age of five, surrounded by musicians in his family. His first performance in public was at the age of eleven and by fourteen was gigging on the UK pub circuit. He arrived in New Orleans at seventeen and got his first piano job subbing for the now legendary pianist James Booker at the Maple Leaf Bar. He further honed his skills when drafted as a sideman for the likes of Johnny Adams, Earl King and Snooks Eaglin and found himself playing long, late night gigs in the clubs of New Orleans and the road shacks of country towns in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. Since then he has pursued his own career, delighting audiences around the world as a band leader and solo performer, earning a solid reputation as being, amongst other things, a 'musicians musician'. He is acknowledged as a leading practitioner of what he calls 'his hobby', New Orleans style piano. Jon is a powerful and distinctive vocalist while also having earned respect as a songwriter and arranger. He has been a sideman for the likes of Taj Mahal, Dr John, John Scofield and had a long association with Bonnie Raitt who described him as 'the ninth wonder of the world'. Through it all he has continued to work behind the scenes as a multi instrumentalist and an all-around session musician whilst developing a firm reputation as an artist in his own rite.
support (26-28): Steve Hamilton Quartet
The pianist is a star around the globe, renowned for his long term associations with such as Bill Bruford and Billy Cobham. He’s an astonishing technician, a beautiful melodist, and an exciting improviser.
steve hamilton qrt feat paul booth, dave whitford, andrew bain
support: (early shows 29th-31st): Mulvey's Medicine
Jeremy Paul - Drums, Ed Rice - Keys, Alex Bramwell - Bass Guitar, Ed Haine - Saxophone, Eddie Mulvey - Guitar + Talk back/vocals
"Jaw-dropping beauty of jazz and vibrant high spirits of funk" Jake Crossland - Too Many Blogs
For lovers of a tasty groove, heady licks and sweet beats that will canoodle your booty, we bring you ‘Ignite’ the debut album from Mulvey’s Medicine. Featuring an all-star line-up of outstanding players, ‘Ignite’ is a journey deep in to the sonic planes of Jazz, funk and neo soul. Drawing inspiration from D’Angelo, The Brothers Johnson, Tenderlonious, Tower of Power and of course Funkadelic and Sly & The Family Stone, ‘Ignite’ is a confluence of classic vibes brought together to create a fresh take on the solid foundations
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