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Gerald Cleaver

Drummer Gerald Cleaver was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and is a product of the rich music tradition found there and also in his home. Inspired by his father, John Cleaver, also a drummer, he began playing the drums at an early age. He also played violin in elementary school and switched to trumpet during junior high and high school. While in his teens, he gained early working experience with Ali Muhammad Jackson, Lamont Hamilton, Earl Van Riper, and Pancho Hagood and later with Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, Rodney Whitaker, A. Spencer Barefield and Wendell Harrison. Cleaver earned a B.A. in music education from the University of Michigan. During his studies he was awarded an National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Study Fellowship to study with drummer Victor Lewis. After graduating he began teaching in Detroit, and later joined the jazz faculty at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. He relocated to New York in 2002.

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Albums

Be It As I See It
Be It As I See It
Fresh Sound New Talent
2011
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[no cover]
Be It As I See It
Atlantic
2010
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Farmers By Nature
Farmers By Nature
AUM Fidelity
2009
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Detroit
Detroit
Fresh Sound New Talent
2008
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Adjust
Adjust
Fresh Sound New Talent
2002
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[no cover]
Adjust/Veil Of Names
Atlantic
2001
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