Claude Cailliet grew up in Kenosha, WI, spent thirteen years in Los Angeles, CA during which time he performed, recorded, and arranged music for a wide variety of popular artists including: Neil Young, U2, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joe Jackson, Joe Walsh, Donna Summer, The Temptations, and The Four Tops – as well as performances with Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Luis Enrique, and many other Latin American music artists. Since returning to Wisconsin (Madison) in 1990, he has continued to perform with many groups throughout the Midwest – most notably: Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, The Funk Brothers, Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Newton, Don Rickles, Buddy Greco, Bob Newhart, Frankie Valli & The Four seasons, Kurt Elling, Frankie Avalon, Ben E. King, Jerry Butler, and Bobby Vinton, in addition to touring for five years with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, including television performances on Late Night with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. In 2005, Claude performed with Neil Diamond including television performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. For the last sixteen years he has led the popular Salsa/Latin Jazz Ensemble, MadiSalsa.
BM, University of Southern California MM, University of Wisconsin-Madison DMA, University of Wisconsin-Madison