Gerald Cleaver

born on 4/5/1963 in Detroit, MI, United States

Gerald Cleaver (musician)

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Gerald Cleaver (born May 4, 1963) is an African-American jazz drummer from Detroit, Michigan.[1] He joined the jazz faculty at the University of Michigan in 1995. He has performed or recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitous, Yaron Herman, Ralph Alessi, Franck Amsallem, David Torn, Mario Pavone and others.

Under the name Veil of Names, Gerald Cleaver released an album called Adjust on the Fresh Sounds New Talent label in 2001. It featured Mat Maneri, Ben Monder, Andrew Bishop, Craig Taborn and Reid Anderson and was a Best Debut Recording Nominee by the Jazz Journalists Association.

He currently leads the groups Uncle June, Black Host, Violet Hour and NiMbNl as well as working as a sideman with many different artists.


With Samuel Blaser

  • 7th Heaven (Between The Lines, 2008)
  • Boundless (Hatology, 2011) with Marc Ducret
  • As The Sea (Hatology, 2012) with Marc Ducret

With Michael Formanek

  • The Rub and Spare Change (ECM 2010) with Tim Berne & Craig Taborn
  • Small Places (ECM 2012) with Tim Berne & Craig Taborn

With Roscoe Mitchell

  • Nine to Get Ready (ECM, 1997)

With Tomasz Stako

  • Wisawa (ECM, 2013)

With Craig Taborn

  • Light Made Lighter (Thirsty Ear Recordings, 2001)
  • Chants (ECM, 2013) with Thomas Morgan

With Miroslav Vitous

  • Universal Syncopations II (ECM, 2007)
  • Remembering Weather Report (ECM, 2009)


  1. Layne, Joslyn. [Gerald Cleaver (musician) at All Music Guide Biography: Gerald Cleaver]. AMG. Retrieved on 13 May 2010.
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