I first saw Jon Cleary when he was opening for Soulive at Brooklyn Bowl, and I was immediately impressed by his piano-playing skills. He could pay homage to Jelly Roll Morton with "The Crave" one minute and then shift to the modern blue-eyed soul of "When You Get Back" the next. I made sure to get him on the podcast when he returned to Brooklyn for his gig at Prospect Park. After an early flight from NOLA and a 90-minute cab ride, Jon needed some breakfast, so excuse his chewing while he tells me how not to pronounce New Orleans, what it was like portraying himself on HBO's Tremé, and how he met John Scofield over turkey.
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