Stanley Clarke

Instrument: Bass

Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Funk

Origin: USA

Territories: Europe in coop. Sgent Nation

Availability: Fall 2017 & Apr, May 2018

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Four-time Grammy Award Winner Stanley Clarke has attained “living legend” status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He is the first bassist in history who doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and the first jazz-fusion bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide. A veteran of over 40 albums, he won the 2011 Best Contemporary Jazz Album Grammy Award for The Stanley Clarke Band. Clarke co-founded the seminal fusion group Return to Forever with Chick Corea and Lenny White. In 2012 Return to Forever won a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Forever.

Clarke’s newest CD, The Stanley Clarke Band: UP, was released on Mack Avenue Records September 30. . Entirely produced by Clarke, he considers UP to be the most energetic, fun, rhythmic and upbeat album that he has ever done. Unlike his predominant acoustic bass work on the last few albums, UP is almost equal electric and acoustic bass. He revisits one of his classic recordings, the bass anthem “School Days.”

Clarke’s creativity has been recognized and rewarded in every way imaginable: gold and platinum records, Grammy Awards, Emmy nominations, virtually every readers and critics poll in existence, 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 was honored with Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of Guitar Player Magazine’s “Gallery of Greats.” In 2004 he was featured in Los Angeles Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People. He was honored with the key to the city of Philadelphia and put his hands in cement as a 1999 inductee into Hollywood’s “Rock Walk” on Sunset Boulevard. In 2011 he was honored with the highly prestigious Miles Davis Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival for his entire body of work. Clarke won the 2013 Downbeat Magazine’s Reader’s and Critics Poll for Best Electric Bass Player. In 2014 he once again won the Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll for Best Electric Bass Player.


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    An accomplished film and TV composer of over 65 projects, his credits include Boyz N The Hood, the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, Romeo Must Die, The Transporter and most recently the 2013 blockbuster, Best Man Holiday. He has garnered three Emmy Nominations and a BMI Award for his scoring. In 2014 Clarke was invited to become a member of the exclusive Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

    Born in Philadelphia, Clarke has been a constant force of nature in American music since the early 1970s with the success of the jazz-fusion group Return To Forever. That accomplishment gave way to a number of extremely successful solo albums for Clarke. Along the way, he has collaborated with Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, The Police, Herbie Hancock and many more, and has shared the stage with Bob Marley and Miles Davis.

    Clarke heads his own record label, Roxboro Entertainment Group. Five artists were chosen for its first releases; Lloyd Gregory, Sunnie Paxson, Ruslan Sirota, Kennard Ramsey and 16-year-old jazz piano prodigy Beka Gochiashvili from Tbilisi, Georgia (formerly a part of Russia).

    Clarke believes in giving back to help young musicians hone their skills. He and his wife Sofia established The Stanley Clarke Foundation thirteen years ago as a charitable organization, which offers scholarships to talented young musicians each year.

An accomplished film and TV composer of over 65 projects, his credits include Boyz N The Hood, the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, Romeo Must Die, The Transporter and most recently the 2013 blockbuster, Best Man Holiday. He has garnered three Emmy Nominations and a BMI Award for his scoring. In 2014 Clarke was invited to become a member of the exclusive Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Born in Philadelphia, Clarke has been a constant force of nature in American music since the early 1970s with the success of the jazz-fusion group Return To Forever. That accomplishment gave way to a number of extremely successful solo albums for Clarke. Along the way, he has collaborated with Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, The Police, Herbie Hancock and many more, and has shared the stage with Bob Marley and Miles Davis.

Clarke heads his own record label, Roxboro Entertainment Group. Five artists were chosen for its first releases; Lloyd Gregory, Sunnie Paxson, Ruslan Sirota, Kennard Ramsey and 16-year-old jazz piano prodigy Beka Gochiashvili from Tbilisi, Georgia (formerly a part of Russia).

Clarke believes in giving back to help young musicians hone their skills. He and his wife Sofia established The Stanley Clarke Foundation thirteen years ago as a charitable organization, which offers scholarships to talented young musicians each year.

As a Leader:

Children Of Forever (1973, Polydor)
Stanley Clarke (1974, Nemperor/Epic EK36973)
Journey To Love (1975, Nemperor/Epic EK36974)
School Days (1976, Nemperor/Epic EK36975)
I Wanna Play For You (1979, Nemperor/Epic EK64295)
Modern Man (1978, Nemperor/Epic)
Rocks, Pebbles & Sand (1980, Epic EK36506)
Let Me Know You (1982, Epic)
Time Exposure (1984, Epic EK38688)
Find Out (1985, Epic EK40040)
Hideaway (1986, Epic EK40275)
If This Bass Could Only Talk (1988, Portrait RK40923)
Live, 1976-1977 (1991, Epic EK48529)
Passenger 57, Music from the Motion Picture (1992, Slamm Dunk/Epic EK53232)
The Collection (1992, Castle Communications, British import)
East River Drive (1993, Epic EK47489)
At The Movies (1995, Epic Soundtrax EK67286)
Bass-ic Collection (1997, Epic EK64277)
1,2 To The Bass (2003, Epic EK 67346)
The Toys of Men (2007, Heads Up)
The Stanley Clarke Band (fea. Hiromi, Ruslan Sirota and Ronald Bruner, Jr.)(2010, Heads Up)

As a Co-Leader:
Band Member

RETURN TO FOREVER (with Chick Corea)
Return To Forever (1972, ECM)
Light As A Feather (Polydor)
Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy (1973, Polydor)
Where Have I Known You Before (1974, Polydor)
No Mystery (1975, Polydor)
Romantic Warrior (1976, Columbia)
Musicmagic (1977, Columbia)
Return To Forever Live (1978, Columbia)
The Best Of Return to Forever (1980, Columbia)
Echoes of an Era (with Chaka Khan)
Echoes of an Era Live (with Nancy Wilson)
The Griffith Park Band Live
The Griffith Park Collection
CLARKE/DUKE PROJECT (with George Duke)
Clarke/Duke Project (1981, Epic EK36918)
Clarke/Duke Project II (1983, Epic EK38934)
Clarke/Duke Project 3 (1990, Epic EK46012)
Live in Montreux, 1988 (1993, Jazz Door-bootleg)
STANLEY CLARKE & FRIENDS (with Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Deron Johnson & Najee)
Live At The Greek (1994, Slamm Dunk/Epic EK57506)
NEW BARBARIANS (with Keith Richards)
Buried Alive (bootleg)
MANHATTAN PROJECT (with Lenny White, Michel Petrucciani, Wayne Shorter)
Manhattan Project (1989)
ANIMAL LOGIC · Animal Logic (1989, IRS)
Animal Logic II (1991, IRS)
IMPLOSIONS w/Stanley Clarke, Randy Brecker, McCoy Tyner, Frank Morgan,Peter Erskine, Roger Kellaway and Ernie Watts, (1987)
STANLEY CLARKE/AL DI MEOLA/JEAN-LUC PONTY
The Rite of Strings (1995) · McCOY TYNER with STANLEY CLARKE
VERTU’(with Lenny White) · Vertu’ (1999, 550/Epic)
Jazz In The Garden (with Hiromi and Lenny White 2008) (Heads Up)
Thunder SMV with Stanley Clarke Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten  (2008, Heads Up)
Return to Forever Returns (2009, Eagle Records/Fontana)

"Clarke can toss off more good bass lines in one night than most rock bassists do in an entire career."
Charlie McCollum, Washington Star

Clarke…left mouths open in amazement as he coaxed melody, rhythm and percussion from his upright bass somehow all at once.
Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post-Standard

Date Artist Venue City Country
20 Oct 2017 Stanley Clarke De Boerderij Zoetermeer Netherlands
26 Oct 2017 Stanley Clarke Czechoslovak Jazz Festival Prerov Czech Republic
29 Oct 2017 Stanley Clarke Culture Festival Mogoro Italy
03 Nov 2017 Stanley Clarke Nasjonaljazz Oslo Norway
05 Nov 2017 Stanley Clarke Tbilisi Jazz Festival Tbilisi Georgia
07 Nov 2017 Stanley Clarke Bela Bartok National Concert Hall of Mupa Budapest Hungary
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