About two years ago, musicians and multi-instrumentalists Don Caverly and Erica von Kleist teamed up to form Donny & Kleist, one of Montana’s premier jazz ensembles. Don, a native of Columbia Falls MT, has been a freelance professional musicians for many years, and is a graduate of the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music. After spending time living in both L.A and Spokane, Don returned to Montana to pursue his career in music, and is now one of the most in-demand musicians in the state. Erica recently moved to Montana after living in New York City for twelve years. In her career as a performer and educator, she has toured and/or performed with with numerous notable musicians such as Wynton Marsalis and Kristen Chenoweth, and has released two albums as a bandleader.
The duo, who frequently plays at several local venues in and around the Flathead Valley, draws from a varied repertoire of songs – from Ellington to Stevie Wonder. Donny & Kleist has performed at numerous private parties throughout Montana, and will be embarking on a northwest winery and brewery tour in 2014. Click on Calendar to catch one of their shows!