Hitting Australian shores with his Absolute Monster Gentlemen for the first time since his 2016 Grammy Award win for new album ‘GoGo Juice’, Jon Cleary has officially announced the Australian leg of his World Tour for this November.
A hot ticket on Australian shores where he has sold out everywhere from Sydney's Opera House (Legends of New Orleans tour) to The Corner Hotel and torn up festival stages across the country from Bluesfest and WOMADelaide to Wangaratta Jazz, this is a Grammy Award winning album tour not to be missed.
A respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and the late Allen Toussaint (who wrote most of the horn arrangements for GoGo Juice) Jon Cleary came to international fame through his work in the bands of Taj Mahal, John Scofield, Dr. John and Bonnie Raitt, with Raitt unabashedly dubbing him “the ninth wonder of the world.”
Working alongside Grammy Award-winning producer John Porter (Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, B. B. King) Cleary says “Funk is the ethnic folk music of New Orleans, and I wanted to infuse ‘GoGo Juice’ with a sound that was true to the city I love.” Watch the GoGo Juice Album Trailer here.
Thoroughly steeped in the classic New Orleans 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 ‘70s soul, gospel music, funk, Afro-Caribbean (and especially Afro-Cuban) rhythms and more. “I love New Orleans R&B, “ Cleary explains. “I’m a student of it – and a fan, first and foremost. But there’s little point in just going back and re-recording the old songs – although on my live solo shows, especially in New Orleans, I make a point of trying to keep the fast- disappearing tradition of the R&B pianist/singer alive by playing the old songs that are in danger of being forgotten. As for recording, however, I think the greatest New Orleans R&B records are the ones that built on what went before but also added something new. By writing new songs you get to channel all the music you absorb through your own individual set of filters – and the fun is in seeing what emerges.”
Born in Kent, England to a musical family, Jon Cleary epitomizes the fanaticism and inherent single mindedness of a musician who decides that he simply wasn’t born where he was supposed to be. Like Dylan to New York, infatuated with the music of New Orleans throughout his entire childhood, as soon as he was old enough to leave school, Cleary took off for the Crescent City. When his flight touched down he had the taxi take him straight to the Maple Leaf, a funky uptown bar which then featured such New Orleans piano legends as Roosevelt Sykes and James Booker. 35 years and 8 albums later – he’s now a defining part of New Orleans musical heritage.
Catch Jon Cleary when he brings a piece of New Orleans, a Grammy Award winning new album and his incredible Absolute Monster Gentlemen to a stage near you this November:
Nov 3rd @ Wangaratta Festival, Wangaratta VIC
Nov 4th @ Wangaratta Festival, Wangaratta VIC
Nov 5th @ Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW
Nov 7th @ Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
Nov 8th @ Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT
Nov 9th @ Lizottes, Newcastle NSW
Nov 10th @ The Basement, Sydney NSW
Nov 11th @ The Basement, Sydney NSW
Nov 12th @ The Basement, Sydney NSW
Nov 14th @ Birds Basement, Melbourne VIC
Nov 15th @ Birds Basement, Melbourne VIC
Nov 16th @ Birds Basement, Melbourne VIC
Nov 17th @ The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
Nov 18th @ Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby NSW
Nov 19th @ Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby NSW
Nov 21st @ Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
Nov 22nd @ Ellingtons, Perth WA
Nov 23rd @ Ellingtons, Perth WA
Nov 24th @ The Gov, Adelaide SA
Nov 25th @ Queenscliff Festival, Queenscliff VIC
Nov 26th @ Queenscliff Festival, Queenscliff VIC
Tickets From: joncleary.com