Satrurday, April 8 / 1:30 p.m.
Building 24 Live
WDIY NPR 88.1 FM presents
Tickets: $39 (General Admission)
New Orleans funk master Jon Cleary, a Grammy winner for his 2015 release GoGo Juice, is a respected peer of such New Orleans icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint.
In fact, Toussaint took time from his busy schedule to write most of the horn arrangements for GoGo Juice — thus bringing symmetry to Cleary’s recording of an entire album of Toussaint songs, entitled Occapella, which garnered rave reviews in 2012.
Beyond Cleary’s considerable skills as a tunesmith he is equally renowned around the globe as an accomplished keyboardist, guitarist and deeply soulful vocalist.
Diversity characterizes the essence of Cleary’s work and career. While thoroughly steeped in the classic Crescent City keyboard canon — from Jelly Roll Morton to Fats Domino to Art Neville, James Booker and beyond — Cleary uses that century’s worth of pianistic brilliance as a point of departure to forge his own unique and eclectic style.
As heard in the widely varied grooves and textures of GoGo Juice, Cleary’s sound incorporates such far-flung influences as soul, gospel music, funk, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Cuban rhythms.