Stanley Clarke
American musician
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.
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Twenty-Five Great Jazz Soprano Saxophone Performances
Huffington Post - 14 days
The soprano Saxophone has been the stepchild to its large brothers, the Alto and Tenor saxophones in jazz music. Despite a lineage that dates to the early twenties, the soprano was not widely used as a solo instrument in many early jazz recordings, with most soloists preferring the clarinet for its warmer, richer sound. The soprano is typically found as a straight barreled instrument although small curved horns that look like baby alto saxophones with a straighter crook are also in use. The saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax in 1846. Modern soprano instruments have a range of between Ab3 to E6 pitched one octave higher than the tenor, but some skilled players can play in the altissimo register allowing them to play even higher. Sidney Bechet photo credit unknown It has been said that the great Sidney Bechet, a New Orleans born classically trained musician, discovered a quality soprano saxophone while on tour in England with Marion Cook's Southern Syncopated Orchestra, s ...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Jury selection starts again in Georgia hot-car death trial
Yahoo News - 5 months
Jury selection began on Monday for the second time this year in the murder trial of a Georgia man who prosecutors say intentionally left his toddler son to die in a hot car in June 2014 while the father exchanged nude photos with women online. Judge Mary Staley Clark agreed that Harris, 35, could not get a fair trial in the same suburban Atlanta community where his 22-month-old son Cooper died after being left for seven hours in a locked SUV outside the father's workplace. More than 200 potential jurors were summoned to appear on Monday at the Glynn County Superior Court for the trial.
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Talkin' Jaco with Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Chatting with Denise Donatelli, Plus the Nolatet, Svetlana & The Delancey Five and Rolla Olak Exclusives
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A Conversation with Robert Trujillo Mike Ragogna: Robert, was your first big musical inspiration Jaco Pastorius? Robert Trujillo: Yeah. I'm always pulling and really feeding off of my inspirations, I think most musicians do. But I try to incorporate a lot of that influence in what I do. So Jaco was definitely a huge inspiration back in 1979 when I saw him for the first time. It really did change my life and set me on an interesting creative path. Definitely. MR: When did you first see him perform live? RT: I saw him with Weather Report. I had started hearing about him in the late seventies and then in 1979 they came through town. They were playing at the Santa Monica civic auditorium, that was our local concert venue at the time. The great thing about Santa Monica civic auditorium was it was a place you could ride your bike to. In this case my dad dropped me and my friends off and we'd go see Ronnie James Dio or Jean-Luc Ponty or Weather Report or the Pretenders. There wa ...
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Ladies and Gentleman... Nigel Hall!
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Have you ever been so mesmerized by a musician that time stands still the moment they open their mouth? It seems like they are channeling something bigger than themselves and they can't help but create something magical right there right then. You feel you are witnessing something special that could only possibly happen once in a lifetime. Nigel Hall does just that at every single show and that magic comes across in his new album entitled "Ladies & Gentleman...Nigel Hall." I am a huge fan of Nigel and felt called to share his awesome with you all right here right now. Photo by Jay Sansone Here's a little about Nigel Hall if you don't know who he is yet. He grew up in a musical family and his fingers first touched the keys before he hit kindergarten age, and his ears were wide open. "I grew up with records," he said. "That's why I'm obsessed. My father had a vast collection. I'd be in third grade with my Walkman and everyone's listening to Ace of Bass, and I'm listening to "R ...
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Drummer Omar Hakim Brings The Trio of Oz to Milwaukee, Supported by Cascio Interstate Music
Yahoo News - about 4 years
The Trio Of Oz Will Perform at Brookfield, Wisconsin's Sharon Lynne Wilson Center February 9th. Drummer Omar Hakim Will Present a Mini Drum Clinic at Cascio Interstate Music SuperStore during the afternoon of February 9th.New Berlin, WI (PRWEB) December 31, 2012 Legendary drummer Omar Hakim (Weather Report, Miles Davis, David Bowie, Sting), GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist extraordinaire Rachel Z (Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke, Peter Gabriel), and bassist Solomon Dorsey (Stevie Wonder, Bobby Watson) are The Trio Of Oz, a group that released their debut, self-titled album in 2010. ...
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Mike Ragogna: Jazzin' Around: Conversations With David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour and Kurt Elling
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation with David Sanborn Mike Ragogna: David, let's get into Then Again: The David Sanborn Anthology, your new doubledisc anthology. You participated in the track selection? David Sanborn: Yeah, I actually selected all of the tracks that are on this particular collection. So what I did was I went over all of the CDs that I made at Warner Brothers or Elektra, which is all part of the Warner group over the last twenty years, from '75 until sometime in the mid-nineties. What I tried to do was make this a little bit different from some of the other collections that had been put out because I didn't really have much of a hand in putting together those collections. What I wanted to do on this particular one, when they came to me and asked if I would be interested in doing it, was to try to represent not only the chronology of the records and the music and the evolution from '75 on, but also to kind of give the listener a sense of what I consider to be representative ...
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Lots of jazz headed to Northern California in next several weeks
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
The fall jazz schedule has a strong bottom as three big-time bassists lead bands into Northern California. Christian McBride, Ron Carter and Stanley Clarke are as formidable and recognizable as any three bassists in jazz. Folsom's Three Stages program adds to the overall quality, with two premium artists playing the big hall there. Meanwhile, JB's Lounge under Vivian Lee's solid guidance continues presenting strong local bands, and Ross Hammond's Nebraska Mondays series at Luna's celebrates a birthday. The great Sonny Rollins plays Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco next Sunday. Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom will accompany dancer Andrea Weber in a performance based on cartoons and short films, Oct. 7 at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. Brazilian pianist and vocalist, Eliane Elias comes to Folsom Lake College's Three Stages on Oct. 18. Bassist Ron Carter leaves New York only occasionally. Fortunately for jazz lovers, he'll be at Yoshi's Oakland fo ...
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Music Review: Return to Forever - The Mothership Returns [2 CD/1 DVD]
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Music Review: Return to Forever - The Mothership Returns [2 CD/1 DVD] Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 06:18 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2012 In addition to the core lineup of keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, and drummer Lenny White, the band now includes guitarist Frank Gambale and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty (hence the Roman numeral to denote the new incarnation). Gambale fits right in with RTF, having spent years playing with Corea in the Chick Corea Electrik Band, touring and recording going all the way back to that band's second album, Light Years (1987). The first disc features Ponty's "Renaissance," first recorded on his 1976 album Aurora but revisited by the aforementioned trio of he, Clarke, and Di Meola for The Rite of Strings (1995). Among the five tracks on the second disc, th ...
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Sitar Trek: Ashwin Batish Takes Kuumbwa Into Space Fusion (with video)
Santa Cruz Patch - almost 5 years
Sometimes I wonder if Western ears can ever really understand Indian music. We don't have the same scales, we don't use the same notes and we were brought up from day one on completely different sounding nursery songs. But Santa Cruz musician, teacher and recording studio owner Ashwin Batish did his best to bridge the cultures Saturday at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, and really helped translate some of the differences. Some classical Indian concerts are somber affairs, not all that different from serious Western classical performances. Batish, however, did some teaching between more than two and a half  hours of great music, explaining the Indian scales, rhythms and even the first notes children learn. He also plays with words in a way that made the night fun. The song titles on his latest disc, "Sitar Power: The Third Generation" give you the idea: "Sitar Trek," "Sitarzan," "Sitary, Sitary Night" and "Smokey and the Pandit," bring a kind of levity that isn't usually associated with s ...
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<b>Jazzy rock:</b> Return to Forever performs in Boca Raton on Saturday - Sun-Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Keyboardist Chick Corea&#39;s influential jazz fusion group boasts a new lineup of bassist Stanley Clarke, drummer Lenny White, guitarist Frank Gambale and Mahavishnu Orchestra alum and violin virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty. Expect to hear jazz/rock classics,
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Hewett proud of solo, Shalamar success - Quad City Times
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;A lot of my friends are jazz guys: Gerald Albright, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Brian Culbertson, Kirk Whalum and all those guys,&quot; Hewett said this week from his home outside Los Angeles. &quot;I don&#39;t hang out with very many people because when I&#39;m home
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First Air Force Welcomes Three Star Lieutenant General As Commander - WJHG-TV
Google News - over 5 years
Lieutenant General Stanley Clarke, is First Air Force&#39;s first three star general in command and he&#39;s very excited about his new assignment. &quot;He asked me to take command of First Air Force which included a promotion and a move to Panama City
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Review | Return to Forever's nimble music hits warp speed at the Midland - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 5 years
Stanley Clarke announced to an excited Midland theater crowd that this latest version of Return to Forever isn&#39;t like all those other reunion bands declaring this is its last time around. Rather, the bass player said, Return to Forever
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Plans for the weekend: Return to Forever returns - Salt Lake Tribune (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Frank Gambale, Lenny White perform in Return to Forever IV on Feb. 12, 2011, at Forum Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Return to Forever IV performs Aug. 28 at Red Butte Garden. Courtesy Martin Philbey • The last &quot;Pioneer ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Chick Corea returns with Return to Forever IV - Detroit Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
From left: Chick Corea, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke and Frank Gambale perform in Australia in February. / Martin Philbey Composer and keyboardist Chick Corea / C. Taylor Crothers/Special to the Detroit Free Pre Motor City Brass Band: 7 pm Sun. ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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MUSIC REVIEW; Jazz Fusion Heroes of the 1970s Resurrect Their Intricate Dynamics
NYTimes - over 5 years
Return to Forever IV showed off every which way on Friday night at the Beacon Theater. Otherwise the group wouldn't have been doing its job. Jazz-rock fusion, as pioneered by previous lineups of Return to Forever in the 1970s, glorifies confrontational virtuosity. Composers show off by writing breakneck melodies, sudden meter shifts and
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Jazz Fusion Heroes of the 1970s Resurrect Their Intricate Dynamics - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Return to Forever IV The jazz fusion ensemble, from left, Chick Corea, Jean-Luc Ponty and Stanley Clarke (the group also included Frank Gambale and Lenny White), performed on Friday night at the Beacon Theater. By JON PARELES Return to Forever IV
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Jazz-rock fusion's Return to Forever at the Mann | Philadelphia Inquirer ... - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;The seeds of Return to Forever were planted at 20th and Spruce,&quot; Philly native Stanley Clarke told an enthusiastic hometown crowd at the Mann Center on Wednesday night. Multiple branches have sprouted from those seeds, which were sown
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Stanley Clarke
    FORTIES
  • 2010
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On February 13, the Stanley Clarke Band won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    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.
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  • 2007
    This was his first release in five years, on October 17, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The first week of release it went to No.2 on Billboard charts' Contemporary Jazz Chart. The 13-track CD examines the issue of war, and it includes performances by vocalist/bassist Esperanza Spalding, keyboardist Ruslan Sirota, percussionist Paulinho da Costa and violinist Mads Tolling.
    Clarke's latest records include The Toys of Men in 2007.
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    On the Road with Stanley Clarke episodes were re-broadcast on BET-J in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, Stanley was presented with a doctorate in fine arts from his alma mater, The University of the Arts. He has three children (Chris and two stepchildren, Natasha and Frank).
  • 2006
    BET-J launched a series hosted by Clarke entitled On the Road with Stanley Clarke in June 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The series consists of seven episodes titled "Origins of Black Music," "That Philly Sound," "Jazz Beyond the Classroom," "Black Music in Film, Television & Theatre," "Jazz," "Black Music in Film – The Next Generation:" and "Bass to Bass." Some of his guests include Terence Blanchard, Marcus Miller, George Duke, The Tate Brothers, Gamble and Huff, and academicians Dr. Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje and Dr. Cheryl Keyes from the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA among many others.
  • 2004
    In 2004 he was featured in Los Angeles magazine as one of the 50 most influential people.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    The duo formed the Clarke/Duke Project in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details They scored a Top 20 hit with "Sweet Baby" and recorded three albums. In 2005 Clarke toured as Trio! with Béla Fleck and Jean-Luc Ponty. The U.S. and European tour was nominated for a 2006 Jammy Award in the category of "Tour of the Year." In the late 1980s, Clarke and drummer Stewart Copeland, of the rock band The Police, formed Animal Logic with singer-songwriter Deborah Holland. He has also played with Jeff Beck, Ron Wood, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham and Al Di Meola.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    In 1980 Lieber and Clarke formed the Spellbinder Corporation and produced a limited run of fifty Spellbinder basses.
    More Details Hide Details One left-handed bass was built as a gift from Stanley to Paul McCartney. After the run, the molds were destroyed. In 2007 Clarke once again teamed up with Lieber and Rick Turner to reform the Spellbinder Corp. and produce a limited run of 125 of the Spellbinder Bass II, which he played on the RTF reunion tour. Clarke has also played a Ken Smith BT Custom, and a German made Löwenherz Tenor Bass His current pedalboard consists of a TC Electronic G-System, an MXR Bass Octave Deluxe and an EBS Bass IQ Envelope. In 2006 Clarke reunited with George Duke and toured with him for the first time in fifteen years.
  • 1979
    He commissioned designer/luthier Tom Lieber to design and build this bass, having purchased one of Lieber's Spider grinder basses in 1979.
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  • 1975
    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."
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  • 1971
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He then moved to New York City and began working with famous bandleaders and musicians including Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Gato Barbieri, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Pharoah Sanders, Gil Evans and Stan Getz. Clarke was a member of the Church of Scientology, but is no longer involved. His earlier musical productions would often reference L. Ron Hubbard on their LP sleeves. During the 1970s Clarke joined the jazz fusion group Return to Forever led by pianist and synth player Chick Corea. The group became one of the most important fusion groups and released several albums that achieved both mainstream popularity and critical acclaim. Clarke also started his solo career in the early 1970s and released a number of albums under his own name. His best known solo album is School Days (1976), which, along with Jaco Pastorius's self-titled debut, is one of the most influential solo bass recordings in fusion history. His albums Stanley Clarke (1974) and Journey to Love (1975) are also notable.
  • OTHER
  • 1951
    Born on June 30, 1951.
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