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Sonny Clark

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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Discography

The 1960 Sessions with George Duvivier and Max Roach

The 1960 Sessions...

Tompkins Square
2017

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Dial

Dial "S" For Sonny

Blue Note Records
2013

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Dial

Dial "S" For Sonny

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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Sonny's Crib

Blue Note Records
2001

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