Cleve Huff - Percussion
Cleve has been playing drums since 1961. He plays multiple styles: Jazz, Funk, Latin
(Brazil and Cuban) rhythms, Rock, Fusion, R&B, etc. Cleve has been playing major
venues in the Phoenix area with convention support groups and has been a show player
As a show player, Cleve has played with such names as Roger Williams, Maureen McGovern,
the Lawrence Welk troupe, Bob Hope, George Burns, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Carol Channing,
Sherry Lewis, Sadler and Young, Blackstone the Magician, Eddie Fisher, Shirley Jones,
the Diamonds, Leslie Gore, Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, Danny Gans, Perry Como,
Dom DeLuise, Frankie Carle and many more. Cleve is a contracted show player, playing
venues in the Phoenix area and all around Arizona. Cleve has played with groups such
as The Harry James Tribute Band, Guy Lombardo Royal Canadian Band, Les Brown Tribute
Band, Mike Vax with Jack Peterson, Barney Kessel, Jimmy Dorsey Tribute Band, Sonny
Stitt, Wild Bill Davidson, Art Van Damme, Scott Whitfield, Ginger Berglund, Steve
Hufsteder, the Phoenix Pops Orchestra with Doc Severinsen, the Prescott Jazz Summit.
More recently, Cleve has played with jazz luminaries Reggie Thomas from the Count
Basie Band, Bill Watrous, Gary Anderson, Jeff Colella, Ron Eames, Brad Dutz, Kim
Richmond, Jennifer Leitham, Selwyn Reams, Margo Reed, and Dennis Rowland.
Cleve has been a private instructor in the Valley since 1981 and is currently on
staff teaching at Music Masters since 1987. Cleve also taught at the Creative Drum
Shop owned by Jim Zupancic from 1981 to 1985. Between 1981 and 2011, Cleve was a
member of the adjunct faculty for private instruction at Scottsdale Community College.
Cleve is currently performing with the CleveTet with Michael Collins and rotating
bass and sax players at the Prescott Jazz Summit and Howlin’ at the Highlands operated
by Mike Vax – formerly with the Stan Kenton Band, with performances at the Nash,
Sacred Grounds, Valley Bar and other Valley jazz venues. Cleve is drumming Thursday
nights at the Pita Jungle Jazz Jam Band which has been running for 16 years at Dobson
and Ray Roads in Chandler, Arizona.
Currently Cleve plays with the Superstition Jazz Orchestra Big Band - Milas Yoes’
jazz band program out of Phoenix College – Mike Crotty director as well the Doublers
Collective operated by Monica Shriver with accompaniment by ultra-talented multi-instrumentalist
wind players and stellar rhythm section musicians performing at the Nash.
In days past, when you heard live music at Nordstrom's in Scottsdale, you were listening
to Cleve play with Richard Palalay and Trio 380. This band also featured Felix Sainz
and Brent Mendoza.