Stanley Clarke


Stanley Clarke is an American jazz musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and electric bass as well as for his numerous film and television scores. He is best known for his work with the fusion band Return to Forever, and his role as a bandleader in several trios and ensembles.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Stanley Clarke.


1951 Birth Born on June 30, 1951.


1971 20 Years Old A graduate of Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, he attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy, (which was absorbed into the University of the Arts in 1985) from which he graduated in 1971. … Read More
1975 24 Years Old …  Stanley who won a Grammy Award in 1975 was the first "Jazzman of the Year" for Rolling Stone magazine, won "Best Bassist" from Playboy magazine for 10 straight years, and is a member of Guitar Player magazine's "Gallery of Greats."
1979 28 Years Old …  He commissioned designer/luthier Tom Lieber to design and build this bass, having purchased one of Lieber's Spider grinder basses in 1979.
1980 29 Years Old In 1980 Lieber and Clarke formed the Spellbinder Corporation and produced a limited run of fifty Spellbinder basses. … Read More


1981 30 Years Old The duo formed the Clarke/Duke Project in 1981. … Read More


1999 48 Years Old He was honored with the Key to the city of Philadelphia and put his hands in cement as a 1999 inductee into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sunset Boulevard.


2004 53 Years Old In 2004 he was featured in Los Angeles magazine as one of the 50 most influential people.
2006 55 Years Old BET-J launched a series hosted by Clarke entitled On the Road with Stanley Clarke in June 2006. … Read More
On the Road with Stanley Clarke episodes were re-broadcast on BET-J in 2007. … Read More
2009 58 Years Old The Toys of Men includes acoustic bass interludes that provide a counterpoint to Clarke's better known electric bass attack. 2009 saw his release of Jazz in the Garden, featuring the Stanley Clarke Trio: with Clarke, pianist Hiromi Uehara, and Lenny White on drums.
2010 59 Years Old In 2010, Clarke released the Stanley Clarke Band, with Ruslan Sirota on keyboards and piano and Ronald Bruner, Jr. on drums; the album also features Hiromi on piano (as a guest artist), along with many others. … Read More
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