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Composer, keyboardist, vocalist, band leader

 

Cliff began playing piano in 1957, trying to emulate recordings he admired by Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Floyd Cramer, Fats Domino, Bobby Peterson, Huey "Piano" Smith and Little Richard. These artists became a permanent influence. In 1966, further inspired by the playing of organists Billy Preston and Felix Cavalieri, he purchased a Hammond organ and Leslie Tone Cabinet with prize money he won as an engineering student and started playing the top-40 club circuit in the Boston area (“combat zone”) while a graduate student at MIT.  In 1968 he moved to Philadelphia and began composing music, co-founding the band "Marbleheart". Marbleheart secured recording contracts with Scepter Records (through Don Kirschner) and later with CBS’ Tommy Records (through Thom Bell, well-known arranger for Gamble & Huff), resulting in two single releases.  Cliff also worked as studio musician (organ and piano) in Philadelphia-area studios and played extensively in the Philly/South Jersey area top-40 club circuit.

 

Since then, Cliff has played in California (Troubador, Blue Lagoon Saloon,  Topanga Corral), Indiana and Southern Michigan clubs and back to the Philly/South Jersey area, playing with the now-“famous” All Stars Rock & Blues Band.  He is presently living in the Boston area, where his bands  have played local venues like Harper’s Ferry, the Sit’n Bull Pub, the Bose Auditorium, at the Framingham Blues Festival (several years) and the House of Blues. Cliff was also multi-keyboardist for over 3 years with “The Linemen”, the official Bose Corporation demonstration band for the L1 Personal Amplification system (his personal invention), touring the US, Canada and Europe.

 

At present, Cliff is performing both solo and with his 4-piece band, drawing from hundreds of his own compositions & unique arrangements of traditional favorites.

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