Carl Clements (saxophones, flute, and Indian flute) is a progressive jazz performer and composer. He received a BM in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the Berklee College of Music, an MFA in Jazz Performance from the CalArts, and a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center. He has played saxophone for almost forty years, and has been studying North Indian classical music on the bansuri (North Indian bamboo flute) since 1989. Over the course of his career, he has performed and composed extensively in a wide range of styles.
He is featured on numerous recordings including his own CD of his original compositions for jazz quartet entitled Forth and Back, a duo CD with Kevin Kastning entitled Dreaming As I Knew, four CDs with the eclectic jazz group Crosscurrent, and many other recordings. Carl has performed at jazz clubs and festivals in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Dubai, including performances with Charlie Haden, James Newton, Natraj, Sundar Shor, Divya, Crosscurrent, and many others. He is an active performer in the jazz, creative improvisation, and world music scenes in the New York and Boston areas, as well as internationally.