An accomplished jazz pianist and highly regarded educator and researcher, Cliff Korman has developed numerous jazz projects featuring Brazilian and American musicians and presenting a variety of original compositions and arrangements. His understanding of the diversity of sound, instrumentation and harmonic patterns of Brazilian music of the twentieth century enables him to continuously explore the complex interconnections that link the music of the Americas. His recording Migrations (Planet Arts Recordings, 2005) has garnered critical acclaim from Jazz Times, Cadence Magazine and Ben Ratliff in The New York Times.
His duo record Mood Ingênuo: Pixinguinha Meets Duke Ellington (Jazzheads, 1999) with Grammy Award winner Paulo Moura represents one of the first cross-cultural explorations of jazz and choro.
He has performed and recorded with many Brazilian artists including Astrud Gilberto, Toninho Horta, and Leny Andrade, and was featured in a two-piano production with Wagner Tiso and Milton Nascimento at the International Festival of MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) in São Paulo.
Korman produced the recording Entre Amigos (Chesky, 2003) which pairs Brazilian vocalist Rosa Passos with American bass master Ron Carter.
His tutorial book Inside the Brazilian Rhythm Section in collaboration with Brazilian guitarist Nelson Faria is published by Sher Music