Gerald Cleaver

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Gerald Cleaver
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African-American jazz drummer from Detroit, Michigan, USA, born 4 May 1963. Husband of Jean Carla Rodea.

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 Adjust — Gerald Cleaver Gerald Cleaver, Veil Of Names Gerald Cleaver, Veil Of Names - Adjust(CD, Album) Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT 112 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
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CD LR 441 Triptych — Gerald Cleaver 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
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ENV0501 Time & Imaginary Time — Gerald Cleaver Andrew Bishop Feat. Gerald Cleaver, Tim Flood Andrew Bishop Feat. Gerald Cleaver, Tim Flood - Time & Imaginary Time(CD, Album) Envoi Recordings ENV0501 US 2006 Sell This Version
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FSNT 301 Gerald Cleaver's Detroit — Gerald Cleaver Gerald Cleaver Gerald Cleaver's Detroit(CD) Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT 301 Spain 2007 Sell This Version
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ILK 162CD Floating Islands — Gerald Cleaver Lotte Anker / Craig Taborn / Gerald Cleaver Lotte Anker / Craig Taborn / Gerald Cleaver - Floating Islands (Album) ILK Music ILK 162CD Denmark 2009 Sell This Version
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ILK 148CD Live At The Loft — Gerald Cleaver 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
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ZZT090801 N_Y Project — Gerald Cleaver 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
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AUM053 Farmers By Nature — Gerald Cleaver Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn - Farmers By Nature(CD, Album) AUM Fidelity AUM053 US 2009 Sell This Version
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RPR 12839 Tivoli Trio — Gerald Cleaver 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
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FSNT 375 Be It As I See It — Gerald Cleaver Gerald Cleaver Be It As I See It(CD) Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT 375 Spain 2010 Sell This Version
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ROG-0029 Book Of Three — Gerald Cleaver 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
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MW 837-2 Searching For Adam — Gerald Cleaver 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
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NBLP40 Upcoming Hurricane — Gerald Cleaver Pascal Niggenkemper featuring Simon Nabatov, Gerald Cleaver Pascal Niggenkemper featuring Simon Nabatov, Gerald Cleaver - Upcoming Hurricane (Album) NoBusiness Records NBLP40 Lithuania 2011 Sell This Version
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733 Kalabalik — Gerald Cleaver 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
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CD LR 630 Family Ties — Gerald Cleaver 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
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CD LR 656 Living Jelly — Gerald Cleaver 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
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CD LR 643 The Foreign Legion — Gerald Cleaver 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
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AUM073 Altitude — Gerald Cleaver Joe MorrisWilliam ParkerGerald Cleaver Joe MorrisWilliam ParkerGerald Cleaver - Altitude(CD, Album) Aum Fidelity AUM073 US 2012 Sell This Version
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RPR1012 Continuum — Gerald Cleaver 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
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CD LR 683 Enigma — Gerald Cleaver 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
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CD LR 668 Serendipity — Gerald Cleaver Perelman* | Shipp* | Parker* | Cleaver* Perelman* | Shipp* | Parker* | Cleaver* - Serendipity(CD, Album) Leo Records CD LR 668 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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478 5476 Ida Lupino — Gerald Cleaver Giovanni Guidi / Gianluca Petrella / Louis Sclavis / Gerald Cleaver Giovanni Guidi / Gianluca Petrella / Louis Sclavis / Gerald Cleaver - Ida Lupino (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records 478 5476 2016 Sell This Version
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CD LR 773 The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 3 — Gerald Cleaver 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
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CD LR 775 The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 5 — Gerald Cleaver 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
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CD LR 771 The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 1 — Gerald Cleaver 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