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 30 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 23 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.
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
Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez - Jazzreview.com
“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
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!
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Ms Clarke has participated in educational workshops with
Napoleon Revels -Bey Rhythm Kings and Jazz and Tap
over the past five years, visiting and bringing Jazz to New
York Area Grade and Middle Schools and libraries. She has
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
for the Arts and Whitman Colleges in Washington and