A blend of funk, Latin, and Afro-Cuban rhythms with contemporary jazz harmonies - trust us, its fun!


Clamnation began life in Milwaukee, WI, in or about 1990 as the blues/punk (yes, that's blues-slash-punk!) combo The Clams. The Clams gradually evolved to a more organic jazz sound, and that's when Clamnation was born - the child of the blues/punk Clams and the post-bop explorations of Charles Mingus, with a little Cal Tjader thrown in!

The current version of the band was formed in 1996, and incorporated the influences of artists like Dave Holland, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Chris Potter, Woody Shaw, and other masters of modern jazz while maintaining their free-er, "rougher" sounds derived from artists like Mingus and even the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. This blend of influences and styles has allowed them to carve out both a unique niche and rather long career in southeast Wisconsin.

Clamnation has performed at festivals like Summerfest, Jazz in the Park (Milwaukee, WI), the Third Ward Summer Sizzle (Milwaukee, WI), Jean's Jazz Series (Racine, WI), River Splash (Milwaukee, WI), and River Rhythms (Milwaukee, WI). Their latest release, "Volume III: Malacology," has earned rave reviews from local, national, and international press, and even earned them runner-up status in the Independent Music World Series.


1.) Clamnation - "Turkish Market" - track contributed to "Live at the Nomad World Pub, Volume 1," released by the Nomad World Pub (Milwaukee, WI), 1997

2.) Clamnation Live - Independently released full-length CD, 1999

3.) Clamnation - Independently released full-length CD, 2000

4.) Volume III: Malacology - Independently-released full-length CD, 2005

We also appear on compliations released by Jazz in the Park (tune: IHOP, 2006), WMSE 91.7 (tune: The Sapling, 2007), and Stone Creek Coffee Roasters (tune: Cabeza Rojo, 2007).

Set List

Our set lists vary from performance to performance, and we can play anything from jazz standards (Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Duke Ellington, A.C. Jobim, etc.) to modern jazz classics (Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Chris Potter) to our own original compositions. Our typical set is about one hour in length, and we certainly adjust that depending upon the venue and the time allotted to our performance. It is probably best to contact us directly for more detailed information about this.