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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jon Cleary joins Dr. John tour


Cleary’s new album, Occapella! hailed as JazzFest’s #2 best-seller

NEW ORLEANS, LA — On the heels of playing his own national tour dates, Jon Cleary will join Dr. John’s (a.k.a. Mac Rebennack) Locked Down tour across the U.S. and Europe as a featured player in Mac’s band, The Lower 911. Jon Cleary’s sixth solo CD, Occapella!, now in its fourth week of release, became one of the best selling records during Jazz Fest 2012, second only to Anders Osborne’s latest, according to the Louisiana Music Factory, carrier of the widest selection of New Orleans music in the world.

Occapella!, featuring Cleary’s interpretations of songs penned by his musical touchstone, Allen Toussaint, was described by Blurt magazine as “12 songs of pure pleasure.” Blogcritics called it, “an infectious romp through the mind and music of [the] New Orleans legend . . . every track a tour de force of performing virtuosity.” And USA Today, in its “Playlist” column featuring single tracks, cited “Let’s Get Low Down,” in which “vocals from Bonnie Raitt and Dr. John sweeten the pot . . .”
Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from Occapella!, featuring Cleary on keys, bass, guitar, drums and vocals, can be seen and shared at

Dr. John 2012 Tour Dates (“Dr. John and The Lower 911 featuring Jon Cleary”):

Fri., June 1 ALEXANDRIA, VA The Birchmere
Sat., June 2 AUGUSTA, NJ Sussex County Fairground
Sun., June 3 ST. LOUIS, MS Bay Bridgefest *
Tues., June 5 PORTLAND, ME The Asylum
Wed., June 6 BOSTON, MA Paradise Rock Club
Thurs., June 7 TARRYTOWN, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
Sat., June 9 CHARLOTTE, NC Uptown Amphitheatre (w/ Gov’t Mule)
Sun., June 10 HIGHLAND PARK, IL Ravinia Pavilion (w/ Iron & Wine)
Tues., June 12 MYRTLE BEACH, SC House of Blues (w/ Gov’t Mule)
Wed., June 13 RALEIGH, NC Raleigh Amphitheater (w/ Gov’t Mule)
Thurs., June 14 LOUISVILLE, KY Iroquois Amphitheater (w/ Gov’t Mule)
Fri., June 15 OAKLAND, CA Paramount Theater **
Sun., June 17 ATLANTA, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater
Fri., June 29 PADDOCK WOOD, UK Hop Farm Festival
Sat., June 30 SAMOIS-Sur-SEINE, France Django Reinhardt Festival
Mon., July 2 AMSTERDAM, Netherlands Paradiso
Wed., July 4 PARIS, France La Cigale
Thurs., July 5 STASBOURG, France Strasbourg Jazz Festival ***
Fri., July 6 LUGANO, Switzerland Lugano Estival Jazz
Sat., July 8 ROSKILDE, Denmark Roskilde Festival
Mon., July 9 MONTREUX, Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival
Tues., July 10 NICE, France Nice Jazz Festival ***
Fri., July 13 STUTTGART, Germany Jazz Open Stuttgart
Sun., July 15 CAHORS, France Cahors Blues Festival (w/Eric Sardinas)
Wed., July 18 LONDON, UK Under the Bridge
Thurs., July 19 LONDON, UK Under the Bridge
Sun., July 22 GATESHEAD, UK The Sage Gateshead (w/Phantom Limb)
Tues., July 24 DUBLIN, Ireland Vicar Street

* Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
** SFJAZZ Presents Another Night in Treme
w/Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

More dates to follow.

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