Quick Center to present New Orleans band
Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts will present a performance by Jon Cleary's Philthy Phew, a New Orleans funk and soul band, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the center, 1073 N. Benson Road.
The trio consists of Cleary, a singer, songwriter and pianist born in England and bred in New Orleans, and fellow New Orleans musicians on bass and drums, according to a news release.
Cleary has toured and recorded with musicians such as Bonnie Raitt and John Scofield and written and recorded his own music, in addition to performing live with Philthy Phew and leading the funk band The Absolute Monster Gentlemen. He can be heard on vocals and keyboards on "Piety Street," by John Scofield and the Piety Street Band, and on Bonnie Raitt's "Silver Lining" and "Souls Alike" albums. On the latter work, Raitt covered Cleary originals "Fool's Game," "Monkey Business," "Unnecessarily Mercenary" and "Love on One Condition," the release states.
Cleary produced several of his own recordings, including "Occapella" released last spring, and has worked with recording artists such as Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, India.Arie and Ryan Adams. Another recent effort includes a live recording from Sydney, Australia, called "Mo Hippa." His other releases include "Pin Your Spin" (2004), "Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen" (2002), "Moonburn" (1999) and "Alligator Lips & Dirty Rice" (1994).
He was a 2012 Blues Music Award nominee for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year honor, his third nomination in this category. In 2011, he was named among the best keyboards in the Blues Matters (UK) International Writer's Poll.
Tickets, $35, $30 and $25, are available at 203-254-4010 or at www.quickcenter.com.