The Jazz Session #232: Gerald Cleaver

Gerald Cleaver’s new album, Be It As I See It (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2011), is a musical exploration of the Great Migration and its relation to his own family’s history. In this interview, Cleaver discusses the musical and historical mission behind the formation of his band Uncle June; his use of spoken word and sound collages as additional layers in his compositions; and how he made careful decisions to arrive at his current place as a musician. Learn more at

Tracks used in this interview: To Love; Charles Street Sunrise; Fence & Post: Alluvia; Fence & Post: Ruby Ritchie/Well; He Said; Grammy; From A Life Of The Same Name.

Author: Jason Crane

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