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Prism Jazz

What do you get when you combine saxophone, bass and drums with violin and cello?
Prism, a jazz quintet that provides a unique and interesting jazz experience.

Prism was created by saxophonist John Klayman in 2019. Klayman, a 35-year charter member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, wanted to create a small jazz group that included strings and the very best young jazz musicians in N.E. Ohio. Prism recreates many jazz classics including works by Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn, Chick Corea and Freddie Hubbard. In addition, the group presents newer compositions by Michael Brecker, Donny McCaslin, John Abercrombie and Bill Stewart.


Musicians include prominent members of the Northeast Ohio jazz and classical music communities. Prism frequently performs in jazz clubs and concert venues in Northeast Ohio. Its members are very active as performers, educators, adjudicators and guest artists.

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