Musician/Composer/Bandleader/Educator/Recording Artist STANLEY CLARKE was born this day in 1951, and today celebrates his 62nd Birthday.
Born in PHILADELPHIA, the City of Brotherly Love; STANLEY CLARKE was barely out of his teens when he exploded into the jazz world in 1971. Fresh out of the Philadelphia Academy of Music, he arrived in New York City and immediately landed jobs with famous bandleaders such as Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Saunders, Gil Evans, Stan Getz and a budding young pianist-composer named Chick Corea.
All of these musicians immediately recognized Clarke's ferocious dexterity and complete musicality on the acoustic bass. Not only was he an expert at crafting bass lines and functioning as a timekeeper — in keeping with his instrument's traditional role — but the young prodigy also possessed a sense of lyricism and melody distilled from his bass heroes Charles Mingus, Scott LaFaro and others, as well as non-bass players like John Coltrane. Clarke envisioned the bass as a viable, melodic solo instrument positioned at the front of the stage rather than in a background role, and he was uniquely qualified to take it there.
The vision became a reality when Clarke and Corea formed the seminal electric jazz/fusion band Return To Forever.
RTF was a showcase for each of the quartet's strong musical personalities, composing prowess and instrumental voices.
Aside from his various pursuits as a composer, performer and recording artist, STANLEY CLARKEClarke also heads Roxboro Entertainment Group, a business venture that includes music publishing for his own and other musicians' work, as well as the development of various projects aimed at music education.
At the turn of the new millennium, after several years of film scoring, Clarke returned more formally to his first love: performing, recording and playing the bass. He joins the Heads Up International label with the March 2007 release of Night School: An Evening with Stanley Clarke and Friends, a 90-minute DVD that chronicles the third annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship Concert, recorded at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, in October 2002. With guest performances by Stevie Wonder, Wallace Roney, Bela Fleck, Sheila E., Stewart Copeland, Flea, Wayman Tisdale, Marcus Miller and more, Night School captures performances that range from straight ahead jazz to full-tilt rock fusion to twenty-two-piece string arrangements.
HAPPY STANLEY CLARKE SUNDAY MORNING JAZZ In The AFTERNOON!!!
PEACE And BLESSINGS;