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Biography of Clark Tracey

Clark Tracey was born in London, England in 1961. From an early age Clark took to the piano and vibraphones and at the age of 13 he turned to the drums and gigged until the age of 17 when, in 1978, he turned professional by joining his illustrious father Stan Tracey's various groups of that time. In that context he has toured and recorded extensively to the present day.

In 1981 he formed the first of his own various groups which featured Django Bates and Iain Ballamy. Later groups have included Guy Barker, Jamie Talbot, Nigel Hitchcock, Dave O'Higgins, Mark Nightingale, Mornington Lockett, Julian Arguelles, Gerard Presencer, Alec Dankworth, Arnie Somogyi and Steve Melling. Clark also composes and arranges and has received commissions for his own quintet, an octet shared with pianist Dave Newton, 'Continental Drift' - an 11 piece band co-composed with Stan Tracey commissioned by The Arts Council, and big band arrangements for the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Appleby Festival big band. In addition he has written string arrangements for Claire Martin and Tina May.

As a freelance drummer he has performed at one time or another with virtually every important jazz artist in the UK and an ever expanding list of American and European visitors (see list below). Clark's sources of inspiration are as varied as the genres in which he finds himself, but his main influences are Roy Haynes, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Art Blakey, Sam Woodyard and Frankie Dunlop. His achievements have been rewarded three times (1993, 1997 and 2002), from the British Jazz Awards 'Best Drums' category and he received endorsements from Zildjian Cymbals in 1998 and from Vic Firth Sticks and Remo Drumheads in 1999.

TV - Film - Radio Clark has appeared on countless occasions all over the world, but key moments include "Omnibus" (BBC) with his quintet, "Mercury Music Awards" (BBC) with Sting, "Father & Son" (ITV) with own group and Stan Tracey, "The Paradise Club" (ITV), "Ellington's" (ITV), "Call Me Mister" (ITV), "Blue Note's 50th Anniversary Concert" with Tommy Smith at the Montreux Jazz Festival, plus numerous radio broadcasts with his own groups on Radios 2 & 3. Also in late 1999, Clark gets a feature in the motion picture "The Talented Mr. Ripley" starring Matt Damon, Gwynedd Paltrow, Jude Law and directed by Anthony Mengella.

Current Groups led By Clark Tracey Clark Tracey Quartet Clark Tracey's New Quintet Clark Tracey Sextet Clark Tracey's Tribute to Art Blakey

International Artists Accompanied

Reeds Harry Allen, Benny Bailey, Dale Barlow, Joshua Breakstone, Jesse Davis, Nathan Davis, Teddy Edwards, Herb Geller, Johnny Griffin, Scott Hamilton, Michael Hashim, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson, Harold Land, Yank Lawson, Brad Leali,Charles McPherson, Turk Mauro, Lanny Morgan, Bob Mover, Jack Nimitz, Sal Nistico, Ken Peplowski, Jerome Richardson, Charlie Rouse, Pharoah Sanders, Tad Schull, Roman Schwaller, Gary Scott, Bud Shank, Lew Tabackin, Mike Tracy, Pietro Tonolo, Norris Turney, Benny Waters, Bobby Watson, Bob Wilbur, Rickey Woodard

Trumpet Bill Berry, Randy Brecker, Conte Candoli, Pete Candoli, Harry Sweets Edison, Art Farmer, Dusko Goycovich, Tony Lujan, Don Menza, Valery Ponomarev, Red Rodney, Shorty Rogers, Bobby Shew, Warren Vache

Trombone Buster Cooper, Steve Davis, Joel Helleny, Conrad Herwig, Frank Lacy, George Masso, Jiggs Whiggam

Guitar Ron Affif, Howard Alden, Al Casey, Tal Farlow, Vic Juris, Barney Kessell, Bireli Lagrene, Mundell Lowe, Babik Reinhardt, Herb Ellis

Piano/Organ George Cables, Phil DeGregg, Garry Dial, John Hicks, Per Husby, Roger Kellaway, Keiko Lee, Romano Mussolini, Walter Norris, Herve Sellin, Jimmy Smith, James Williams

Vocals Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lea Delaria, Billy Eckstine, Slim Gaillard, Adelaide Hall, Karin Krog, Mark Murphy, Marlene Verplank

Bass Arild Andersen, Pierre Boussanger, Furio Di Castri, Neil Swainson, Jimmy Woode

Miscellaneous Peter Appleyard, Ray Alexander, Kenny Daverne, Buddy DeFranco, Hugh Fraser, Terry Gibbs, Peanuts Hucko, Howard Johnson, Tony Scott

UK Musicians Accompanied (selection) Ronnie Scott, Martin Taylor, Andy Shepherd, Jason Rebello, Sting, Tommy Smith, Humphrey Lyttleton, John Surman, John Taylor, Julian Joseph, Norma Winstone, Kenny Baker, Elaine Delmar, Claire Martin, Peter King, Dick Morrissey, Don Weller, John Dankworth, Alan Skidmore, Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler

Countries Performed In Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Crete, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eire, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rhodes, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Yugoslavia.

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