Clifford Lamb began playing classical piano at the age of five. He discovered jazz at age 16, which was a good thing as he could then drive himself to his piano lessons. Clifford’s first jazz piano teacher just happened to be Wes Montgomery’s pianist, Richard Crabtree. And the rest is, well, you know…
Shortly thereafter, Clifford graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and hooked up with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Along the way, Clifford had the opportunity to play along side such stellar musicians as Kevin Eubanks, Tommy Campbell (Dizzy Gillespie), the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Carl Burnett, John Patitucci, Herbie Lewis and Larry Gales.
In 1999, Clifford’s first recording featured Victoria Ryan (Cat Stevens, Herbie Hancock), Danny Spencer and Chuck Dennis. “One
,” Clifford’s next record was released in 2008 and featured Darryl Green and Ron Belcher. In 2014, Clifford released a live concert recording which featured Melvyn Butts (Ray Charles, Shuggie Otis), Michael Spencer and Tony Martin.
His latest project, “Bridges
” was recorded live to two tracks at United Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA and featured Buster Williams on bass, Cindy Blackman Santana on drums, and was produced by Jeffrey Weber. An unusually revealing behind the scenes look at the recording of this project can be found at: http://bit.ly/CliffordLamb
Now living in the San Francisco Bay area, Clifford continues to perform regularly with the likes of Donald Bailey, Harold Jones, John Handy and Colin Bailey among many others.