Cliff Habian began piano lessons at the age of nine and was composing music just a few years later with both classical and jazz music being strong influences, he decided early on to integrate the two genres into his own unique style.
A multifarious pianist, Cliff can play in virtually any style and performs comfortably in groups settings as well as solo performances. Eventually, Cliff would become s disciple of the "Third Stream" style.
After attending the Cleveland Institute of Music, as a composition major under the late Donald Erb, he accepted a position as Director of American Music and Department Head of Keyboard studies at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where he taught for 13 years.
He has worked with such greats as Joe Lovano, Freddie Cole, Frank Morgan, Jane Ira Bloom and many others in addition to appearing on “Good Morning America”.
Cliff was recently honored to play for the great concert pianist Lang Lang receiving wonderful kudos from the international superstar.
His international reputation began with a recording debut for Milestone/Fantasy Records.
Locally, Cliff regularly has or is performing at Nighttown, Johnny’s on Fulton, Johnny’s Downtown, Club Isabella, Blu Jazz and Taza.