In a music community populated with remarkable tenor saxophonists, Cliff Colón’s raw expressiveness and ability to channel the purest of emotions into each note, sets him apart from the pack. His proficiency, and unabashed expression, has aided him in becoming a definite leader, innovative soloist, and an in demand sideman and instructor. Colón has merely scratched the surface of the long and promising musical career that lies ahead.
Colón grew up in the Tacoma, Washington area and immediately took an interest in studying jazz. During his early musical development, Colón began performing in various church groups, which ended up being a heavy influence in the gospel and soul aspects of his playing. During his early 20′s, Colon was a regular performer in the greater Seattle area jazz and fusion scene. After experimenting with Drum N Bass and Jungle genres, Colón and his now wife, vocalist Sommer Stockinger, formed a 10-piece 70′s funk band named Players Club which features the areas premier R&B musicians. This submersion into funk and R&B further expanded Colón’s resume of musical influences, which were starting to become very eclectic and well rounded.
Now in his early 30′s, Cliff Colón is an in demand band leader, sideman, studio recording artist, educator, arranger in all aspects the Western Washington music scene. He has performed with many of the top bands, of any genre, in the local music scene and has also performed with numerous national acts.
- ContraBand, 2008