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Cleve has been playing drums since 1961. 


He plays multiple styles: Jazz, Funk, Latin (Brazil and Cuban) rhythms, Rock, Fusion, R&B, etc.


Cleve has been playing major venues in the Phoenix area with convention support groups and has been a show player since 1981.


As a show player, Cleve has played with such names as Roger Williams, Maureen McGovern, the Lawrence Welk troupe, Bob Hope, George Burns, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Carol Channing, Sherry Lewis, Sadler and Young, Blackstone the Magician, Eddie Fisher, Shirley Jones, the Diamonds, Leslie Gore, Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, Danny Gans, Perry Como, Dom DeLuise, Frankie Carle and many more.  Cleve is a contracted show player, playing venues in the Phoenix area and all around Arizona.


Cleve has played with groups such as The Harry James Tribute Band, Guy Lombardo Royal Canadian Band, Les Brown Tribute Band, Mike Vax with Jack Peterson, Barney Kessel, Jimmy Dorsey Tribute Band, Sonny Stitt, Wild Bill Davidson, Art Van Damme, Scott Whitfield, Ginger Berglund, Steve Hufsteder, the Phoenix Pops Orchestra with Doc Severinsen, the Prescott Jazz Summit, and more.


Cleve has been a private instructor in the Valley since 1981 and is currently on staff teaching at Music Masters since 1987.  Cleve has also taught at the Creative Drum Shop owned by Jim Zupancic from 1981 to 1985.  Since 1982, Cleve has been a member of the adjunct faculty for private instruction at Scottsdale Community College.


You can catch Cleve working with Jazz Alive and Delphine Cortez and as the regular drummer for the "Diva" Shows featuring Margo Reed, Sherry Roberson, Nancy G. and Delphine Cortez.  The band features local artist bass players such as Dwight Killian, Ted Sistrunk, Bob Lashier and pianist Joel Robin.  This band also includes jazz tenor sax player Jerry Donato.


Joel, Delphine and Cleve have performed at the Glendale Gaslight Inn and Oscar Taylors.  Currently this group is performing at Luci's Healthy Marketplace on Saturday nights.  Frequently local players stop by, bring their "axes" and sit and play.  Notable players such as Judy Roberts, Jim Martinez, Jack Peterson, Dan Pinson and many others sat in on many of Cleve's sessions.


When you heard live music at Nordstrom's in Scottsdale, you were listening to Cleve play with Richard Palalay and Trio 380.  This band also featured Felix Sainz and Brent Mendoza.




Cleve has also played at the Grace Community Church in Tempe with Scott Leggett and bass player regular Dan Gutenkauf, and an assortment of singers and musicians doing large scale church production shows.


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