Swaying to the laid-back, Brazil-inspired beats of Cleaveland Jones, you’ll find it hard to believe the local music icon is an Ohio native. But with more than a decade of Miami living under his belt — and a new album, Taõ Jones (as in “Dow Jones”), about to drop — the samba, reggae, and funk master ought to have some exceptional neighborhood suggestions.
DailyCandy: Best dessert in the city?
Cleaveland Jones: Lecca Lecca Gelato Caffe. And for the record, I liked the gelato way before the cast of Jersey Shore worked there.
DC: Would we ever catch you with a frozen drink?
CJ: No, I’m a vodka soda guy. People really shouldn’t order those handmade fruity drinks — like the ones they make at the Delano — when the bars are crowded.
DC: Best after-show hangout?
CJ: Club Deuce or The Room.
DC: And if it’s just a regular night?
CJ: If someone calls me to go salsa dancing, I just can’t say no. Tuesdays at Tapas & Tintos. Fridays at Yuca. I also heard The Diplomat is off the chain on Saturdays.
DC: Where do you go for inspiration?
CJ: Inspiration finds me. I also like to run on the beach. This is starting to sound like a Match.com commercial.
DC: Do you have a favorite meal in town?
CJ: I tend to stay in and cook. I like to make curry. The other day I went to Miami China City to buy some Sriracha rooster hot sauce.
DC: We have to ask — what’s with the glasses?
CJ: Men and women both ask me where I bought these glasses. They’re prescription, super cheap, and from For Eyes.
Photo: Alison Thompson