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Masterclass: Mike Clark

Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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One of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers, Mike Clark, presents a masterclass.

Clark has us salivating at the sight of his drumsticks.

Jazz Times

Photo courtesy of Mike Clark

Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock’s group in the early 1970s. Clark became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock’s Thrust album, which garnered him an international cult following. He was born in Sacramento, California, and had the benefit of traveling around the country with his father, a union man for the railroad, who was also a drummer at one time with a great appreciation for music. This allowed the younger Clark to soak up the diverse regional music, which he credits as being an invaluable education. Clark was a prodigy as well, picking up his first sticks at the age of 5 and sitting in with bands in Texas and New Orleans when he was as young as 7. He continued to play in a variety of blues, R&B, organ trios, and jazz bands until his introduction to Herbie Hancock and his recruitment into the Headhunters in 1973. In 1980, Clark did a short but remarkable stint with Brand X, the acclaimed British fusion band founded by Phil Collins. Featured in Downbeat, Musician, International Musician and Recording World, Modern Drummer, JazzTimes, Guitar Player, JAZZIZ Magazine, and numerous jazz history and method books, Clark is a former faculty member of Drummers Collective, and is a popular and busy clinician around the country. His book Funk Drumming: Innovative Grooves & Advanced Concepts, published by Hal Leonard in 2005, is a perennial best seller. Clark currently has endorsement deals with DW Drums, Istanbul Cymbals, Evans Drum heads, Prologix cases and Vic Firth sticks.

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This clinic generously sponsored by Drum Workshop, Inc.


PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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