Gerald Cleaver

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Gerald Cleaver
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African-American jazz drummer from Detroit, Michigan, USA, born 4 May 1963.

Gerald Cleaver is one of the New York jazz scene’s leading drummer/composers, who covers a wide range of stylistic ground. Having played with jazz masters Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris and Ray Bryant as well as the leading lights of the AACM, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Threadgill, he is a product of many traditions within creative music.

Cleaver is best known for his associations with Roscoe Mitchell, Charles Gayle, Miroslav Vitous, Mario Pavone, William Parker, Michael Formanek, Joe Morris, Jeremy Pelt, Craig Taborn and Yaron Herman. He is also the leader of the bands Uncle June (a reflection on the personal and familial challenges of Black Americans during The Great Migration featuring TonyMalaby, Andrew Bishop, Mat Maneri, Craig Taborn and Drew Gress), Violet Hour (a tribute to Detroit featuring Jeremy Pelt, JD Allen, Andrew Bishop, Ben Waltzer and Chris Lightcap), Black Host (a noisy avant-garde group featuring Pascal Niggenkemper, Cooper-Moore, Darius Jones and Brandon Seabrook) and Farmers By Nature (a free-improvising collective co-led with bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn).

Born 1963 and raised in Detroit, Cleaver is a product of the city’s rich music tradition. Inspired by his father, drummer John Cleaver, Jr. (whom Uncle June is named after), he began playing the drums at an early age. He later played violin in grade school and trumpet in junior high & high school. As a teenager he gained invaluable experience playing with Detroit jazz masters Ali Muhammad Jackson, Lamont Hamilton, Earl Van Riper, and Pancho Hagood. While attending the University of Michigan as a music education major he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Study Grant, to study with drummer Victor Lewis. He graduated in 1992 and began teaching in Detroit where he worked with Rodney Whitaker, Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, and with visiting musicians Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell, Frank Foster, Cecil Bridgewater, Eddie Harris, Howard Johnson, Diana Krall and Don Byron.

In 1995 he accepted an appointment as assistant professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Michigan, and in 1998 also joined the jazz faculty at Michigan State University. He moved to New York in 2002 and has since focused exclusively on playing. Cleaver has played and recorded with a cornucopia of artists including Franck Amsallem, Tim Ries, Lotte Anker, Reggie Workman, Marilyn Crispell, Matt Shipp, Kevin Mahogany, Ralph Alessi, Jacky Terrasson, Jimmy Scott, Muhal Richard Abrams, Dave Douglas, Roy Nathanson, Tim Berne, Jeremy Pelt, Ellery Eskelin, Charles McPherson, David Torn, Terje Rypdal and Lou Reed.

His 2001 recording Adjust (Fresh Sound New Talent) was nominated in the Best Debut Recording category by the Jazz Journalists Association. Gerald Cleaver's Detroit (Fresh Sound New Talent), is an homage to his hometown and to the late, great Detroit drummers Roy Brooks, Lawrence Williams, George Goldsmith and Richard "Pistol" Allen. His latest recording with Uncle June, Be It As I See It (Fresh Sound New Talent) represents Cleaver’s most personal statement with regard to his familial past and his experience as an Black American.
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FSNT 112 Gerald Cleaver - Adjust album art Gerald Cleaver, Veil Of Names Gerald Cleaver, Veil Of Names - Adjust(CD, Album) Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT 112 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
CD LR 441 Gerald Cleaver - Triptych album art Lotte Anker / Craig Taborn / Gerald Cleaver Lotte Anker / Craig Taborn / Gerald Cleaver - Triptych(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 441 UK 2005 Sell This Version
ENV0501 Gerald Cleaver - Time & Imaginary Time album art Andrew Bishop Feat. Gerald Cleaver, Tim Flood Andrew Bishop Feat. Gerald Cleaver, Tim Flood - Time & Imaginary Time(CD) Envoi Recordings ENV0501 US 2006 Sell This Version
FSNT 301 Gerald Cleaver - Gerald Cleaver's Detroit album art Gerald Cleaver Gerald Cleaver's Detroit(CD) Fresh Sound Records FSNT 301 US 2007 Sell This Version
Gerald Cleaver - Floating Islands album art Lotte Anker / Craig Taborn / Gerald Cleaver Lotte Anker / Craig Taborn / Gerald Cleaver - Floating Islands (Album) ILK Music Denmark 2009 Sell This Version
ILK 148CD Gerald Cleaver - Live At The Loft album art Lotte Anker / Craig Taborn / Gerald Cleaver Lotte Anker / Craig Taborn / Gerald Cleaver - Live At The Loft(CD, Album) ILK Music ILK 148CD Denmark 2009 Sell This Version
ZZT090801 Gerald Cleaver - N_Y Project album art Raphaël Imbert, Joe Martin (6), Gerald Cleaver Raphaël Imbert, Joe Martin (6), Gerald Cleaver - N_Y Project(CD, Album) Zig Zag Territoires ZZT090801 France 2009 Sell This Version
AUM053 Gerald Cleaver - Farmers By Nature album art Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn - Farmers By Nature(CD, Album, Dig) AUM Fidelity AUM053 US 2009 Sell This Version
RPR 12839 Gerald Cleaver - Tivoli Trio album art Tivoli Trio - Frank Carlberg, John Hebert, Gerald Cleaver Tivoli Trio - Frank Carlberg, John Hebert, Gerald Cleaver - Tivoli Trio(CD, Album) Red Piano Records RPR 12839 US 2010 Sell This Version
FSNT 375 Gerald Cleaver - Be It As I See It album art Gerald Cleaver Be It As I See It(CD) Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT 375 Spain 2010 Sell This Version
ROG-0029 Gerald Cleaver - Book Of Three album art Taylor Ho Bynum - John Hébert* - Gerald Cleaver Taylor Ho Bynum - John Hébert* - Gerald Cleaver - Book Of Three(CD, Album) Rogueart ROG-0029 France 2010 Sell This Version
MW 837-2 Gerald Cleaver - Searching For Adam album art Rodrigo Amado / Taylor Ho Bynum / John Hébert* / Gerald Cleaver Rodrigo Amado / Taylor Ho Bynum / John Hébert* / Gerald Cleaver - Searching For Adam(CD, Album) Not Two Records MW 837-2 Poland 2010 Sell This Version
Gerald Cleaver - Upcoming Hurricane album art Pascal Niggenkemper featuring Simon Nabatov, Gerald Cleaver Pascal Niggenkemper featuring Simon Nabatov, Gerald Cleaver - Upcoming Hurricane (Album) NoBusiness Records Lithuania 2011 Sell This Version
733 Gerald Cleaver - Kalabalik album art Anders Nilsson (5) / Gerald Cleaver / Raoul Björkenheim Anders Nilsson (5) / Gerald Cleaver / Raoul Björkenheim - Kalabalik(CD, Album) DMG/ARC 733 US 2012 Sell This Version
CD LR 630 Gerald Cleaver - Family Ties album art Ivo Perelman / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver Ivo Perelman / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver - Family Ties(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 630 UK 2012 Sell This Version
CD LR 656 Gerald Cleaver - Living Jelly album art Ivo Perelman, Joe Morris, Gerald Cleaver Ivo Perelman, Joe Morris, Gerald Cleaver - Living Jelly(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 656 UK 2012 Sell This Version
CD LR 643 Gerald Cleaver - The Foreign Legion album art Ivo Perelman / Matt Shipp* / Gerald Cleaver Ivo Perelman / Matt Shipp* / Gerald Cleaver - The Foreign Legion(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 643 UK 2012 Sell This Version
AUM073 Gerald Cleaver - Altitude album art Joe MorrisWilliam ParkerGerald Cleaver Joe MorrisWilliam ParkerGerald Cleaver - Altitude(CD, Album) Aum Fidelity AUM073 US 2012 Sell This Version
RPR1012 Gerald Cleaver - Continuum album art Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hébert*, Gerald Cleaver : Book Of Three Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hébert*, Gerald Cleaver : Book Of Three - Continuum(CD, Album) Relative Pitch Records RPR1012 US 2013 Sell This Version
CD LR 683 Gerald Cleaver - Enigma album art Ivo Perelman | Matthew Shipp | Whit Dickey | Gerald Cleaver Ivo Perelman | Matthew Shipp | Whit Dickey | Gerald Cleaver - Enigma(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 683 UK 2013 Sell This Version
CD LR 668 Gerald Cleaver - Serendipity album art Perelman* | Shipp* | Parker* | Cleaver* Perelman* | Shipp* | Parker* | Cleaver* - Serendipity(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 668 UK 2013 Sell This Version
Gerald Cleaver - Ida Lupino album art Giovanni Guidi / Gianluca Petrella / Louis Sclavis / Gerald Cleaver Giovanni Guidi / Gianluca Petrella / Louis Sclavis / Gerald Cleaver - Ida Lupino (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records 2016 Sell This Version
CD LR 773 Gerald Cleaver - The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 3 album art Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp, Gerald Cleaver Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp, Gerald Cleaver - The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 3(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 773 UK 2016 Sell This Version
CD LR 775 Gerald Cleaver - The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 5 album art Ivo Perelman, Joe Morris, Gerald Cleaver Ivo Perelman, Joe Morris, Gerald Cleaver - The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 5(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 775 UK 2016 Sell This Version
CD LR 771 Gerald Cleaver - The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 1 album art Ivo Perelman, Karl Berger, Gerald Cleaver Ivo Perelman, Karl Berger, Gerald Cleaver - The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 1(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 771 UK 2016 Sell This Version