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Jon Cleary is a seasoned funk and R&B pianist, vocalist and songwriter based in New Orleans. Born in London, Cleary fell in love with the music of Louisiana when he was only seventeen years old, evident in his songs that intertwine uniquely New Orleans-infused compositions with jazz, blues, boogie-woogie, R&B and ’70s funk. The LA Times states: “… over the past three decades he’s become a keeper of the city’s traditions and its unique musical history, traveling the world, conveying New Orleans’ elusive character in song.” He has performed with music greats from across all genres such as Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Ryan Adams, and Eric Burdon. Cleary’s impressive discography includes three solo albums and two albums with his band Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. This engagement will premiere Jon’s exciting new band and give the Madison Square Park audience a sneak preview of the music from his forthcoming release entitled, Pump It Up.