Jon Cleary Brings New Band to Lafayette Square

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For almost as long as music lovers in New Orleans can recall, pianist Jon Cleary has performed with the Absolute Monster Gentlemen.  That group, which features sterling electric guitar work and backing vocals, is practically an institution of New Orleans funk.  Cleary has recently moved in a different direction.  His new band is called simply Piano, Bass and Drums.  The bassist is James Singleton (Matt Perrine subs occasionally) and the drummer is Doug Belote.  These two musicians inhabit an alternative musical universe relative to the gospel roots of the players in the AMG.  I have not heard the project and I am looking forward to seeing exactly how jazzy Cleary gets with the preeminent jazz bassist in town playing upright behind him.  The afternoon starts with the Lost Bayou Ramblers at 5 PM.

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