born on 11/8/1962 in Kent, South East England, United Kingdom
Jon Cleary (musician)
|Birth name||Jonathan Cleary|
|Born||August 11 1962|
|Labels||FHQ Records, Basin Street Records, Virgin/Point Blank,Ace Records|
|Associated acts||Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Snooks Eaglin|
Jon Cleary (born August 11, 1962) is a funk and R&B musician based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is from Cranbrook in Kent, England, and has studied for the past 20 years the "musical culture and life of New Orleans," according to his website. Cleary is an accomplished pianist, vocalist and song-writer.
Jon Cleary performs with a number of music luminaries including Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Ryan Adams, and Eric Burdon. Compositions by Cleary have been recorded by notable musicians including Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and most recently John Scofield on his album, Piety Street.
Cleary's current band is Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, who have two current albums. Cleary has three solo albums.
Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen consist of Cleary on keyboard and vocals; Derwin"Big D" Perkins (born 1974) on guitar; Cornell C. Williams (born 1962) on bass and backup vocals; and Eddie Christmas on drums. All of the band members, except for Cleary, were born in New Orleans.
The band is generally well received, drawing large crowds of locals at classic New Orleans venues like Tipitina's and the Maple Leaf Bar. They are also a mainstay at the annual Jazz and Heritage Festival and have played at Bonnaroo as well as other music festivals. Critics agree with the locals, and Cleary receives the lion's share of praise, but the critics don't fail to point out that the Absolute Monster Gentlemen complement and elevate Cleary's musicianship, as well as pointing out that they are technically skilled musicians. Rolling Stone's David Fricke wrote of the Pin Your Spin album: "Cleary can be an absolute monster on his own, but Clearys full combo R&B is as broad, deep and roiling as the Mississippi river, the combined swinging product of local keyboard tradition, Clearys vocal-songwriting flair for moody Seventies soul and the spunky-Meters roll of his Gentlemen." 
In October 2010 the band will be performing at New Orleans' Voodoo Experience
- 1994 Alligator Lips & Dirty Rice (Ace)
- 1999 Moonburn (Virgin/Poinblank)
- 2002 Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (Basin Street)
- 2004 Pin Your Spin (Basin Street)
- 2007 Do Not Disturb (EP) (FHQ)
- 2008 Mo Hippa (FHQ)
- "Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen" by Blue Mountain Artists
- Fricke, David, Jon Cleary: Pin Your Spin, Rolling Stone, 2004-04-21. URL accessed on 2008-12-03.