March 23, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Concert to Benefit Bassist Cleveland Eaton
Jazz bassist Cleveland "Cleve" Eaton will perform at 6:30 pm at a
benefit concert on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at Open Door Cafe in Birmingham,
Alabama. Admission is $20.00. Bands will play throughout the day beginning
at 2 pm. Proceeds from the concert will assist Mr. Eaton with treatment for oral
Eaton, 69, is a veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, and
countless sessions and tours with other artists. He is also known as a producer,
arranger, composer, publisher, and head of his own Birmingham-based record
company. Born in Fairfield, Alabama, he now lives in Birmingham and performs
with his group, Cleve Eaton and the Alabama All Stars. He was inducted into the
Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Eaton began playing piano at age five, took up the bass at fifteen, and after
earning a degree in music from Tennessee A and I State University, he embarked
on a career that has spanned more than four decades. He was nicknamed "The
Count's Bassist" during his 16-year stint with the Basie band. He joined
Lewis in the 1960s and appeared on 30 of the band's recordings, including hits
like "Hang On Sloopy" and "Wade in the Water."
Eaton has accompanied scores of other performers, including Ella Fitzgerald,
Sarah Vaughan, Minnie Riperton, Bunky Green, the Ike Cole Trio, and the Donald
Byrd-Pepper Adams Quintet. His own recording of "Bama Boogie Woogie"
became a major hit in Europe and Australia.
For more information about Cleveland Eaton, visit http://www.clevelandeaton.com.