Pianist/Vocalist/Composer 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 6 CDs under her belt, not to mention appearing as side woman on Jane Ira Bloom’s “Wild Lines” and Emi Meyer’s “Monochrome”, Dawn has been hailed as the “Wonder Woman of Seattle” by Paul DeBarros (Seattle Times). Downbeat says, “The revelation is Dawn Clement’s piano, always ready with the lyricism or structure the moment needs.”
Dawn recently formed a new band called Esthesis Quartet who released their self-titled debut album in May of ’22 with a second release “Time Zones”, coming in March, ’23. Dawn was the recipient of the CMA performance plus grant (2021) to compose for Esthesis Quartet and work with artist educator Bill Frisell.
Dawn has expanded her palette of expression into the realm of contemporary pop with Tempest/ Cobalt (2013) and most recently a self-released project of original songs entitled Islands (October 1, 2021, out everywhere you can find music).
Dawn holds a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2018, Dawn relocated from the Pacific Northwest to Denver, Colorado to take on the role of Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of the Jazz and American Improvised Music Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dawn maintains a rigorous teaching and performing schedule while balancing the ever-fluctuating dance of parenting, composing, and supporting her local art scene.
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