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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: July 21, 1931 | Died: January 13, 1963

Conrad Yeatis “Sonny” Clark was an American jazz pianist who mainly worked in the hard bop idiom. Contents

Clark was born and raised in Herminie, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town southeast of Pittsburgh. At age 12, he moved to Pittsburgh. When visiting an aunt in California at age 20, Clark decided to stay and began working with saxophonist Wardell Gray. Clark went to San Francisco with Oscar Pettiford and after a couple months, was working with clarinetist Buddy DeFranco in 1953. Clark toured the U.S. and Europe with DeFranco until January 1956, when he joined The Lighthouse All-Stars, led by bassist Howard Rumsey....
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Blue Note Records
2013
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    Sonny Clark Trio

    Milestone Records
    2012
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    Complete Sessions

    Milestone Records
    2004
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    The Blue Note Years

    Milestone Records
    1999
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    Standards

    Blue Note Records
    1998
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    Blues Mambo

    Milestone Records
    1997
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    Oakland, 1955

    Milestone Records
    1995
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    Cool Struttin'

    Milestone Records
    1987
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