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Clint Maedgen


Clint Maedgen is a New Orleans-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader with three decades of musical experience that spans rock ‘n’ roll, electronica and traditional jazz. Starting with the saxophone at the age of nine, Mr. Maedgen picked up a wide range of other instruments along the way, including flute, theremin, clarinet, bottle, guitar, and piano. Voice remains his primary instrument.

Mr. Maedgen has been a full-time member of The Preservation Hall Jazz Band for seven years as a vocalist and saxophonist, touring the world 150 dates a year. He has performed on Late Night with David Letterman, sung the National Anthem for a nationally televised BCS Championship game, played at the White House and entertained the King of Thailand three times. In 2011, he appeared in Louisiana Fairytale, a concert film directed by Danny Clinch featuring Preservation Hall and My Morning Jacket. Mr. Maedgen has led several bands, most notably The New Orleans Bingo! Show, which has become a New Orleans institution most easily described as a theatrical rock band game show. Bingo! has toured as a support act for Primus, in addition to touring Australia with The Polyphonic Spree. Mr. Maedgen has experimented with solo performance for several years and is now further developing his one man show using his voice, electronics, and an assortment of odd toys and instruments including a circuit bent drone machine and battery operated voice modulator.

Mr. Maedgen has recorded with Tom Waits, Robert Plant, The Edge, Jim James, Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, Del McCoury, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Buddy Miller, Ani Defranco, Brandi Carlile, Steve Earle, Andrew Bird, Paolo Nutini, Merle Haggard, Mos Def, Dr. John, Lenny Kravitz, and Bro. Taisuke’s Gospel Choir in Japan. Mr. Maedgen is also a photographer and filmmaker, serving as producer for several Preservation Hall music videos.

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/10/2012: Maedgen/Gillet

Clint Maedgen, a Preservation Hall Jazz Band member, multi-instrumental singer, songwriter, and composer performs with Helen Gillet, the cellist and vocalist known for her free improvisation with New Orleans Jazz, funk, country rock, and French chansons.

Clint Maedgen