If Caetano Veloso's bastard son had been born in America’s Bread Basket and raised on a steady diet of Caribbean Cool, the result might sound like Cleaveland Jones. It’s an ever-evolving project. "I've changed my sound over the years and modified things," the self-described "samba dub soul funk" master told New Times back in 2011. "And sometimes that's been tweaking it to find what works here, and what the Miami audience is listening for. But also a part of that is Brazil, and just my own personal interest and affection for Brazilian and tropical music." Cleaveland Jones may be an Ohio transplant, but he is a Miami guy all the way.
Cleaveland Jones is best known for his unique blend of funk, reggae and samba. Originally from Ohio, he discovered his musical voice while living in Brazil, and eventually found his home in Miami. He continues to be inspired by tropical rhythms which are at the core of his eclectic sound. Local newspaper Miami New Times describes Cleaveland’s music “as smooth as any Blue Note record.” Miami Herald, MIAMI Magazine, South Florida Sun Sentinel, WLRN and many more have covered the unique musician. Local writer John Hood said "If Caetano Veloso's bastard son had been born in America’s Bread Basket and raised on a steady diet of Caribbean Cool, the result might sound like Taõ Jones," in reference to Jones’ last record. Cleaveland and his band regularly play at the Regent Cocktail Club on South Beach, and in 2016, the band performed at festivals including Grassroots, Carnival on the Mile, New World Symphony Season Closing Party, Macy’s American Icons, King Mango Strut and Wynwood Life. When he’s not performing or producing music, Jones spends his time shaping future rock stars as Director of the Miami School of Rock. Since embarking on his musical journey, he has collaborated with artists such as Locos Por Juana, De La Soul, Spam All-Stars, G Love, Elastic Bond, Edan Archer and Nicole Henry.