Born: November 14, 1954 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
New York's own Kim Clarke is a multifaceted bassist, composer, website developer and educator. She performs alternately on the Acoustic Bass, Electric Upright and four and five-stringed Electric Bass Guitar as the situation demands. Her electric Bass playing has been described as soulful, funky, rich & tight.
She hold B.A.'s in Communications and Music from City College and Long Island University respectively, and is a 3- time recipient of the coveted N E A Jazz Study Fellowship. Ms Clarke is also a long-time student of the Barry Harris Workshop and continues her formal studies with the wisdom gained therein. She was also a member of Harris' Jazz Cultural Theatre's house band for the famed Art Blakey Breakfast Jam.
Kim 's musical tour experience spans from Guyana , South America through the West and East Coasts of the United States , and touches Canada, Japan and Pakistan. She however has traveled most extensively in Western Europe. In 1981 she embarked upon what was to become a 22 year tour affiliation with trombonist Joseph Bowie and his avant-jazz funk unit Defunkt ; a powerful mixed idiom group which wowed audiencesfrom Iceland to Istanbul. She performed on 17 Defunkt CD's gaining kudos as nearly the funkiest bass player in NY and having been a whiz bassist in killer form and compared with such funky bass Icons as Bootsy Collins. Defunkt's mention in Ivan Bartowski's Jazz Family Tree Map is considered a supreme honor.
Ms Clarke's press exposure also includes 1990 entry in the Who's Who In the Performing Arts,, Bass Player Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine, Germany's Jazzdimensions Online Magazine, a number of European magazines and several books on Women in Jazz. She also was photographed in the late 1980's historic Jazz Musicians on the Roof Project and was one of the Michael Locker's New York Jazz Musicians Project in 2002.
As an Acoustic bassist she traveled most notably with the late Joe Henderson Quartet (1986-7) throughout Europe. Internationally she is noted as at home in the Ron Carter School of HardBop, a dynamic Woman in Jazz who supported the intense rhythm of the Henderson group with unsuspected vitality and melodic solo passages...
Over the years Kim has also toured with international artists such as: George Gruntz , Annie Whitehead, Christy Doran, Marilyn Mazur, and Ursula Dudziak. Her experiences include tours with the National Black Theatre, Yusef Lateef Quartet, Teri Thornton Trio, Bertha Hope Trio, Robert Palmer , Kit McClure Big Band, Defunkt , Rachel Z Trio, Bigfood, Wallace Roney and Cindy Blackman Quartet, Oliver Lake and Jump Up, James Blood Ulmer Experience, Jack Mc Duff Quartet, Rodney Kendricks Quartet, and local performances with: Harold Ousley, Jimmy Heath , Steve Coleman, Lester Bowie, Andy Bey, Louis Hayes, Gerald Hayes, the late Lionel Hampton, Candido, Patato, Little Jimmy Scott, Dr. Billy Taylor, Olu Dara, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Dakota Staton , Gracian Moncur, the late Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Marylou Williams, Sharon Freeman, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Vanessa Rubin , Cassandra Wilson, Fievre Latina, Adela Dalto, poets Ntozake Shange and Trazana Beverly, dancers Tina Pratt and Roxanne Butterfly, and rapper/actress Queen Latifah.
In 1997 she and a good friend Rob Scheps formed a group MAGNETS! which began its touring life in Oregon . In 2000 the band recorded MAGNETS! Live at the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle which Kim co-produced with long-time Defunkt bandmate, trumpeter John Mulkerin. The band had the honor of invitation to the PerCuba and Kathmandu Jazz Festivals in 2002.
From 2003-09 Kim co-produced the LADY GOT CHOPS Women's Month Jazz Festival with the owners of the Jazz - Brooklyn's Newest Jazz Cafe, Lillithe Myersand her daughter Tiecha Merritt. The cafe closed in 2009. Kim organized the 2010 and 11 festivals in 15 venues through the boroughs, Long Island and Peekskill NY. The festival included a dance troupe in 2010 and had been renamed the LADY GOT CHOPS Women's History Month Music and Arts Festival.It is still a grassroots venture.
She has worked in NY's Latin Music Scene -which includes two times being asked to perfom on a float up NY's 5th Ave. She has recently returned from Europe having performed with Defunkt, tenor saxophonist Charles Davis and with a Jimi Hendrix Tribute tour which featured guitar virtuoso Christy Doran, popular vocalist Erika Stucky , acclaimed drummer Fredy Studer of Switzerland.
Kim has also performed at the Marylou Williams Jazz Festival at Kennedy Center PLays:Eubie, The Wiz, Really Rosie,The Baby Janes in Holiday Kisses,National Black Theatre's Soul Journey Into Truth.
Awards:Louis Armstrong Performing Arts Award - ElmCor Ivan Bartowski- mention on JAzz FAmily Tree
MAGNETS! LIVE @ THE EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL
As A Sideperson: THERMONUCLEAR SWEAT-DEFUNKT
THE RAZOR`S EDGE (Europe and US releases)
AVOID THE FUNK
LIVE AT THE KNITTING FACTORY
LIVE AND REUNIFIED
THIS IS THE FUNK
ON THE EDGE
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
DEFUNKT- THE LEGEND CONTINUES
THE LEGEND OF DEFUNKT Vol 1
DEFUNKT LIVE IN EUROPE
LIVE AT THE KNITTING FACTORY:DOWNTOWN DOES THE BEATLES- DEFUNKT
DESIGN FOR LIVING -NONA HENDRYX
NIGHT SONGS - BLUE JADE TRIO
BASS TALK-CLARKE,BICKFORD AND DITMAS
BLACK REIGN- QUEEN LATIFAH
BURNING -KIT McCLURE BIG BAND
AUGURIES OF SPEED-POMORIN,JANOURE AND WHITEHEAD
SONGS FROM POKER-KU-UMBA FRANK LACY
SINS WINS AND FUNS- GEORGE GRUNTZ
STRAIGHT TO BLACK-DRAZY HOOPS
GORDON JAMES-GORDON JAMES
THE LOUDER-JULIET DUNN
St.Marks Holy Church Gospel album produced by Edwin Hawkins
MODERN AND ANCIENT MOABITES-NAPOLEON REVELS- BEY
TURN OF THE CENTURY-GEORGE BRAITH
THE BRAITH FAMILY SINGERS
SWEETHEARTS PROJECTKIT McCLURE BIG BAND
JUST THE THING-KIT McCLURE BIG BAND
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East Elmhurst, NY
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Ms Clarke has participated in educational workshops with The Napoleon Revels -Bey Rhythm Kings and Jazz and Tap Programs over the past five years, visiting and bringing Jazz to New York Area Grade and Middle Schools and libraries. She has also taught at Boys Harbor (NY),Guitar Institute of Technology (London), 2 weeks at Feierwerke Jazztage und Blues Workshop(Munich),and with Rob Scheps at: Bowdoin College (Maine) Portland State University, Reed College, Columbia Basin College, Central Washington University, Cornish College for the Arts and Whitman Colleges in Washington and Oregon.