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With the release of GoGo Juice on FHQ Records, New Orleans funk master JON CLEARY returns to the hard driving, soulful, and funky pop tunes that have brought him critical acclaim since his 1999 album Moonburn.  Beyond Cleary’s considerable skills as a tunesmith he is equally renowned around the globe as an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist.   Cleary’s thirty-five years of intensive hands-on work on the Crescent City scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. Toussaint, in fact, took time from his busy schedule to write most of the horn arrangements for GoGo Juice.  In addition to the Toussaint touch, GoGo Juice bursts, full flavor, with expert accompaniment by some of New Orleans’ top session men – including fellow keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall, and the Dirty Dozen horns– along with members of Cleary’s band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and the veteran production skills of Grammy Award-winning producer John Porter. 

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. “I love New Orleans R&B, “ Cleary explains. “I’m a fan, first and foremost. But there’s little point in just going back and re-recording the old songs. 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 comes out.  Funk is the ethnic folk music of New Orleans, and I wanted to infuse thisalbum with a sound that was true to the city I love”.  

Jon Cleary’s GoGo Juice makes an eloquent, definitive and future-classic statement of his funk-filled artistic vision. A highly musical, masterfully performed expression of Jon’s high energy and exquisite musicianship… Real music played real good!


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Jon Cleary to help British Airways pick musicians for Mardi Gras flight
— January 11, 2017, WGNO New Orleans
"The airline, which announced non-stop service to New Orleans in October, is looking for “three undiscovered jazz musicians from around the world” to “busk” during the Mardi Gras flight. The buskers must be able to fly from London to New Orleans for Mardi Gras."

STUDIO SESSIONS: Jon Cleary Live On World Cafe - NPR Music, September 27, 2016
"If you've seen Bonnie Raitt live, chances are you saw Jon Cleary at the piano. Cleary's New Orleans-style playing has been a part of Raitt's show for years, and he continues to be a beloved fixture of the Crescent City. The Englishman is also an in-demand session musician who's recorded with Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Taj Mahal and others."
Jon Cleary: The Best Of New Orleans Interview - Gambit, April 26, 2016 
The Big Easy Awards’ Entertainer of the Year and Grammy Award winner talks New Orleans music

Jon Cleary on finding the funkiest music he could - PBS NewsHour, April 23rd, 2015
New Orleans is the birthplace of American jazz, and one fixture in the city’s music scene is piano player and singer Jon Cleary. Cleary, who recently won a Grammy award, is one of the headliners playing New Orleans Jazz Fest this week. 

Jon Cleary Wins First Grammy Award - OffBeat Magazine, February 15, 2015
Jon Cleary, Buddy Guy win at Grammys -, February 15, 2015

Jazz Fest announces Jon Cleary as guest of honor - Telluride News, January 19, 2015
The Sounds of New Orleans Come Alive in Jon Cleary - WNYC The Takeaway, August 13, 2015
Jon Cleary: Go Go Juice - American Songwriter, August 12, 2015
New Music Spotlight: Jon Cleary - New Orleans WWOZ 90.7FM, August 11, 2015
Jon Cleary Pumps Things Up - Pollstar, August 7, 2015
Jon Cleary, Go Go Juice (Thirty Tigers) - OffBeat Magazine, August 26, 2015

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