Sean Clapis, Noah Baerman, and Jesse Engle
Sean Clapis has performed in Mexico, Spain, Cape Verde, Kuwait and extensively around the United States with numerous projects. He returns for a third time at the Buttonwood Tree with venerable pianist and prolific educator Noah Baerman.
Jazz pianist, composer, educator and author Noah Baerman grew up in Connecticut, studying jazz at New Haven’s Educational Center for the Arts and at Jackie McLean’s Artists’ Collective in Hartford. In the 1990s, he earned B.M. and M.M. degrees in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University, where his mentor was Kenny Barron. He also discovered a broad range of music through studies in jazz history with Phil Schaap and Lewis Porter.
While at Rutgers, he performed extensively in and around New York with jazz artists including Bowen, Charles Fambrough, Stefon Harris, Rufus Reid, Akira Tana, Mark Turner and many others. From 1994-1999, he co-led the quartet Positive Rhythmic Force, performing throughout the east coast and recording two CDs.