An accomplished jazz pianist and highly regarded educator, Cliff Korman’s understanding of the diversity of sound, instrumentation and harmonic patterns of Brazilian music enables him to continuously explore the complex interconnections that link the music of the Americas.
Cliff for many years has participated in important Brazilian projects such as the “Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim” at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Cesar Camargo Mariano and a two-piano production with Wagner Tiso and Milton Nascimento at the International Festival of MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) in São Paulo.He produced and arranged a number of Brazilian Jazz CDs for Chesky Records including Chuck Mangione’s “The Feeling’s Back” and “Entre Amigos”, a project featuring vocalist Rosa Passos and bassist Ron Carter.
His release “Migrations” (Planet Arts, 2004), is an aural representation of the mark Brazilian music and culture have made on his compositions and improvisational language. His duo record “Mood Ingênuo: The Dream of Pixinguinha and Duke Ellington”(Jazzheads, 1999) with Grammy Award winner Paulo Moura was one of the first cross-cultural explorations of jazz and choro, and represents the vitality and creativity of his work with this Brazilian iconical instrumentalist and composer/arranger.
With the support of the Savassi Festival 2013, Cliff presented Interventions, his work for jazz-symphonic orchestra, at the Palaçio das Artes in Belo Horizonte, Brasil.