Terry Clarke

drums

Drummer Terry Clarke was born on August 20, 1944 in Vancouver and was twelve years old when he began studying formally with drum teacher and author, Jim Blackley.  In 1965, Clarke moved to San Francisco to work with the legendary saxophonist, John Handy III. He performed with Handy for the next two and a half years, during which time the GRAMMY-nominated recording, Live at The Monterey Jazz Festival (Columbia – 1966) was made.  Following that, Clarke joined the world-famous, GRAMMY-winning pop vocal group, “The Fifth Dimension”. Clarke left “The Fifth” in 1970, and relocated to Toronto.  For the next fifteen years, he played an abundance of jazz in all styles, often working with international jazz figures such as Frank Rossolino and Lenny Breau. During this time, Clarke also toured extensively with the late jazz guitar legend, Jim Hall and the late piano great, Oscar Peterson. Clarke is well known as an original member of the world-acclaimed, GRAMMY and JUNO-winning jazz big-band, “Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass”, with which he recorded and toured for twenty-five years.  In 1985, Clarke moved to New York City, where he worked and recorded with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilmans, Ann Hampton Callaway, Red Mitchell, Marvin Stamm, Jim Hall, Bill Mays, Roger Kellaway and the late Joe Roccisano (just to name a few). Clarke has recorded well over 300 albums with various jazz artists, and is a familiar face at Jazz Festivals throughout the world. He continues to perform and record with a number of international artists, such as Nancy Wilson, Bill Mays, Renee Rosnes and Helen Merrill, as well as with an exciting lineup of Canadian musicians including David Braid, Bruce Cassidy, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Neil Swainson and David Occhipinti.  Clarke is also an adjunct professor in the Jazz Department of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and is also extremely proud to have been named as a Member of the Order of Canada. His recording on the BlueMusicGroup Label, It’s About Time, was the winner of “The Best Traditional Jazz Recording” at the 2010 JUNO Awards.