Full Professor, full-time
Drums* Chair, Drum Department
BA Music Education, University of Michigan; Assistant Professor Jazz Studies, University of Michigan; jazz faculty member Michigan State University; awarded a Jazz Study Grant, from the National Endowment for the Arts, to study with drummer Victor Lewis. Worked with Rodney Whitaker, A. Spencer Barefield, Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, Wendell Harrison, Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Kenny Burrell, Frank Foster, Cecil Bridgewater, Ray Bryant, Eddie Harris, Dennis Rowland, Howard Johnson, Diana Krall, and Don Byron. Toured and/or recorded with Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Lotte Anker, Matt Shipp, William Parker, Craig Taborn, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Gayle, Mario Pavone, Ralph Alessi, Jacky Terrasson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Tim Berne, Jeremy Pelt, Ellery Eskelin, David Torn, Miroslav Vitous, Terje Rypdal, Michael Formanek, Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, Benny Golson and Tomasz Stanko, among others. *Gerald Cleaver is the recipient of the JAM Distinguished Professorship at the California Jazz Conservatory, established by Jennifer A. Maxwell.