Northwest based pianist/composer/vocalist Dawn Clement has established herself as one of the most sought after musicians working today. With her joyful presence, consummate technique and distinctive sound, Clement has gained the attention and respect of musicians, critics and fans through the US and abroad. “In all this world of jazz, there are very few individual voices, no matter what the instrument, but Dawn has come up with a voice that’s unique…” says legendary jazz trombonist Julian Priester.
With 5 CD’s under her belt, not to mention, appearing as a side woman on Jane Ira Bloom’s latest release Wild Lines and Emi Meyer’s Monochrome, Dawn has been hailed as the “Wonder Woman of Seattle” by Paul DeBarros (Seattle Times). With her newest release, Tandem, she explores the magic of musical pairs with some of her closest musical cohorts.
Clement has a slew of honors under her belt: from competing in the prestigious Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition, to winning three Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, to playing alongside jazz luminaries like Ingrid Jensen, Matt Wilson, and George Cables. Her compositions range from songs for string quartet & voice to a suite for viola and piano to tunes for jazz quintet to original blues arrangements for a murder mystery play. Clement thrives on collaboration with artists and improvisers from all walks of life.
Clement holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts and since 2000, she’s served as an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. When she isn’t playing, composing, touring, or teaching, Clement lives in Seattle with her husband and three children, Noah, Elvin, and Della.
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