Clifford Irving Tetle was born in Lowell, MA on April 19, 1952. He started playing clarinet in fourth grade and his love for it never stopped. Upon graduating from high school, Clifford moved to Boston and studied at Berklee College of Music in 1970. By that time he was playing clarinet and alto saxophone. He loved playing jazz and studied under the legendary woodwind teacher Joseph Viola.
Clifford graduated Berklee in 1974 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. After college, he continued playing clubs around the Boston area. In 1975, Clifford moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where he began playing five nights at a week at a club called “Funky Butts” in the French Quarter on Bourbon St. He stayed in New Orleans for about a year and played with many wonderful musicians such as trumpet player Wallace Davenport and drummer Johnney Vodockovich.
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