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Kim A. Clarke

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.

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Re:MAGNETS! ARTIST PRESS ITEMS “The band splendidly dawns at harmonizing inwardly through the motions and the tracks, conceived fluently by bass, drums and saxophone each contributing a cutting tempo thoroughly annotated circa gorgeous piano setting the stage for a gradual exacerbation until the piece blows up into a testy funky-bop. It's a rattling devour. “Too Much Fun” is the acute point of this delectable album.” Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez - “MAGNETS!..batted kinetic energy back and forth like a steel- tipped badminton birdie...No ordinary 4/4 Funk collective....A made in heaven marriage of Funkadelics groove and the slippery melody and intricate rhythms of Weather Report at its most aggressive.”” Bill Smith - Willamette Week “Clarke is a composer to be reconed with regardless of gender...MAGNETS!..Funk it up or got Afro-Avante angry,acid jazz,bubbly humor they do it on the drop of a dime”..” Mark Von Bergen - Jazz Journal Live at the Bean “Magnets! Review De eerlijkheid gebiedt ons te vermelden dat ook bassiste Kim Clarke zelf een eigen, overigens steengoed, jazzkwartet heeft, dat luistert naar de naam Magnets!

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Primary Instrument

Bass, acoustic


East Elmhurst, NY

Willing to teach


Clinic/Workshop Information

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.

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