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Cliff Monear

A product of the Berklee College of Music “ Cliff’s jazz group, “The Cliff Monear Trio,” is one of the busiest performing rhythm sections in the Midwest.

In addition to this very full private and public performance schedule, and teaching commitments at Wayne State University, Cliff is the exclusive Steinway & Sons representative for the Michigan jazz community.



”...Monear's breathy ideas leave lots of space, girding the music with exquisite tension.

... What gives the music personality is Monear's suave touch, relaxed swing, fresh melodic and harmonic turns and the unpretentious way he draws on familiar influences.”

Review By: Mark Stryker, Free Press Music Critic, October 2006

“…Cliff's cascading, instinctively right piano is always on the money, never intruding, but always bright and punctual in time and personal color shadings…”

Review by: Michael G. Nastos - Veteran radio jazz host, WEMU-FM Professional journalist for the Ann Arbor News, Cadence Magazine as Detroit correspondent, with supplemental credits in Coda, Downbeat, Jazz Times, Arts Midwest, Detroit Jazz Magazine

“Cliff Monear is a facile and imaginative pianist, and he lets us know it from “Bernie's Tune.” the first track of his new CD, It's About Time

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Grand Blanc, MI

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

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