"Clarke can toss off more good bass lines in one night than most rock bassists do in an entire career." - Washington Star
“Behold Stanley Clarke, King of Funk ’n’ Roll.” - LA Herald Examiner
Location: The Broad Stage - Main Stage
After a rollicking, sold-out Broad Stage debut last season, acoustic and electric bass legend Stanley Clarke returns. Performing a stellar program including selections from his latest album, The Message, Clarke and his exuberant band of young musicians continue to dazzle with impeccable musicianship.
Four-time Grammy Award winner Stanley Clarke is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated acoustic and electric bass players in the world. He is equally gifted as a recording artist, performer, conductor, arranger, producer and film score composer. A true pioneer in jazz and jazz-fusion, Clarke is particularly known for his ferocious bass dexterity and consummate musicality.
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 and Stan Getz among others. As a young prodigy he was immediately recognized for his sense of lyricism and melody. Clarke fired the bass “shot heard round the world” that started the ‘70s bass revolution and paved the way for all bassists/soloists/bandleaders to follow. Unquestionably, he has attained “living legend” status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso.
Clarke’s creativity has been recognized and rewarded in every way imaginable: gold and platinum records, Grammy Awards, Emmy nominations, virtually every reader and critic’s poll, and more. He was Rolling Stone’s very first Jazzman of the Year and bassist winner of Playboy’s Music Award for ten straight years. Clarke has 13 Grammy Awards nominations. He has won four times. In 2011 he won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, The Stanley Clarke Band, with Ruslan Sirota and Ronald Bruner, Jr., featuring pianist Hiromi. He was honored with the highly prestigious Miles Davis Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival for his entire body of work.
Bassist Stanley Clarke sits down with NPR to discuss his career that has spanned 5 decades, his favorite musicians he’s played with, and his new album, The Message. Listen to his full interview with NPRhere.
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