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This year, for Mankato residents, the Grammys ‘undercard’ is worth watching

I had the most wonderful conversation with a world-class piano player yesterday.

Jon Cleary is, well, kind of a legend. If you’ve never heard of the guy, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most people haven’t. But if you love music, you’ll love Jon Cleary.Jon-Cleary-10

He’s a virtuosic piano player from Kent, England who came to the U.S. a few decades ago and immersed himself in the scene and sounds of New Orleans. He’s played with Bonnie Raitt, Ryan Adams, Taj Mahal, BB King and many, many others.

And — AND — he’s up for a Grammy this year for his latest album, Go Go Juice. It’s up for Best Original Roots Music Album, an award that doesn’t make the prime time show with its Taylor Swifts and Kendrick Lamarrs, but super important, nonetheless.

Why should you care?

Jon Cleary is performing in Mankato Thursday night as part of the Bunny Just Piano Festival, which was featured in the Free Press Sunday. Yep. This Thursday you could potentially have the opportunity to see a newly minted Grammy Award-winning musician.

 

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