Rale Micic is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed jazz musicians to emerge from Serbia. Audiences throughout the world have been captivated by Micic’s mesmerizing music, exploring interaction between his Serbian musical roots and his extensive knowledge of jazz.
With three albums‘released on CTA Records, Rale Micic created cult-like following among music fans with his mix of jazz and haunting melodies from the Balkans. On his second release entitled Serbia, Micic establishes himself as one of the most inventive voices on the music scene today, featuring renowned Grammy-nominated trumpet player Tom Harrell, and was called “mellow, tight and tasteful” by Downbeat. His trio album, symbolically titled “3”, is an entrancing trio record described as “ a groove heavy record… pure listening pleasure”.
On his new album entitled Night Music (Whaling City Sound) , Rale looks closer to home for his inspiration. It features all new music, a modern day re-imaging of Bela Bartok’s idea of night music and what it would sound like in the city today.
Rale Micic has been featured in numerous publications including Downbeat, JazzTimes, LA Times, San Diego Tribune, Boston Globe, etc. He has performed at prominent jazz clubs and music festivals in US and Europe including Village Vanguard, Catalina Jazz Club, Blues Alley,, Scullers Jazz Club, Dizzy’s, Smalls, San Jose Jazz Festival, Hartford International Jazz Festival, etc.
As a sideman, Micic has worked with the jazz artists such as Tom Harrell, Don Friedman, Eric Alexander, Jason and Delfayo Marsalis, etc. He is a member of Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble and is featured on critically acclaimed release First Impression (2015 High Note). Rale Micic plays Sadowsky guitars and D’Addario strings..
Geoffrey B. Clapp started playing at age three when his parents, Ramona and Donald gave him a much anticipated green and blue sparkle toy drum set one very memorable Christmas morning. Throughout his high school years, Geoff was involved in various musical situations from church groups to The Northeast Middle School Jazz Ensemble, to the NC All State Band. From 1987-1989, he studied Classical Percussion at the North Carolina School of Arts located in Winston Salem, North Carolina under the tutelage of Massie Johnson. In the summer of 1989, the NCSA Jazz Ensemble and classical quartet went on a European tour representing the school and sharing its talents. In the fall of 1989, Geoff headed south to New Orleans to study Jazz Performance at the University of New Orleans with the legendary Ellis Marsalis, whom he still plays with to this day.
“After meeting Wynton Marsalis and Herlin Riley at a concert in Chapel Hill, my plans shifted from studying Classical music in New York, to rooting myself in the Crescent City to become a jazz musician. I’ve never looked back.” While settling in the rich musical soil of New Orleans, Geoff’s true musical journey began. Immersing himself in the culture of the city and becoming close with local drummers Brian Blade, Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore and Stanley Stephens, Geoff was introduced to many new styles of music. “They hipped me to so much – the best coffee shops, clubs, eats, music shops. We also established a few hot spots ourselves: Kaldi’s Coffeehouse, Cafe Brasil and Cafe Roma.”
During his formative years in New Orleans, Geoff became one of the city’s most sought after drummers, not only for Jazz but many genres of music. He continues to teach drummers from around the world in his home studio and at the University.
Throughout his career he has performed, recorded and toured with such musicians as Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, Eric Reed, Christian McBride, Peter Martin, Charlie Hunter Trio & Quintet, Delfaeyo Marsalis, Robert Glasper, Jamil Sharif, Wessell “Warm Daddy” Anderson, Reuben Rogers, Aaron Goldberg, Jason Marsalis Trio, Jeremy Davenport, Benny Green, Ron Blake, Steve Masakowski, Roland Guerrin, Aaron & Charmaine Neville, Picnic, Louque and Norah Jones. Geoff has played over 200 studio sessions, an A&E Special featuring Dianne Reeves, appeared on American Idol and in four film scores. Recently, he was asked take part in the recording of the first African-American musical version of “A Streetcar Named Desire” re-scored by Terence Blanchard in 2012, which is currently running on Broadway. In 2008, Geoff was voted best Modern Jazz Drummer by New Orleans Magazine.