Clear, assured, nimble, and muscular articulation - in the manner of a Phineas Newborn Jr. - is matched to some of the varieties of thought and feeling that he, too, submerged just below the surface of fresh styling.
The musical delicacy and vivaciousness of pianist/composer Dawn Clement has been heard in some of the world's most premier venues including Carnegie Hall, Le Conservatoire Superieur in Paris, and Seattle's Benaroya Hall, as well as numerous clubs (including Sweet Rhythm and Tonic), art museums, and theaters. Dawn has also toured the U.S. with a number of projects including the Sabella Consort, the Rubin/Clement Piano Dialogues, and with NYC saxophonist, Jane Ira Bloom.
In August of 2003, Dawn released her first album, "Hush," on Conduit Records, and "Break" on Origin in 2008, featuring bassist Dean Johnson and the great Matt Wilson on drums. Other highlights include performing at the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.) as one of the top five finalists in the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition, an invitation to compete at the 3rd International Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris, France (2002), Earshot Jazz awards for "Best Emerging Artist" (2000), "Best Jazz Quartet" and "Best album" for her performance with the legendary trombonist Julian Priester (In Deep End Dance), and a nomination for "Earshot Jazz Record of the Year" (2004) for Hush. She has performed with such notable artists as Pharaoh Sanders, Edmonia Jarrett, Nancy King, Ingrid Jensen, Louis Moutin, Hadley Caliman, Buddy Catlett, John Clayton, Ron Steen, Chuck Deardorf, Reed Whitwell, Mercer Ellington, Jane Ira Bloom, Bobby Previte, and Herbie Hancock.
Dawn's sound has been heard extensively on the radio. She has had interviews and live performances on Seattle's KEXP (Sonarchy Radio), KBCS (The Don and Bud Show) and KUOW (The Beat), and her music regularly receives radio play around the world. She has also been featured in articles for 5/4 magazine, All About Jazz (NY and Italy), Earshot Jazz (Seattle), Jazz Times, and Hot House. Dawn is currently on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts and maintains a rigorous performance schedule.
For more information about Dawn Clement, please visit: http://www.dawnclement.com.
Ron Di Salvio
Dominic J. Marshall