Terry Clarke

Noted Canadian jazz drummer, Terry Clarke, moved to San Francisco in 1965 to work with the legendary saxophonist, John Handy III, and performed on the cutting-edge recording, Live at The Monterey Jazz Festival. Following that, Clarke joined the, GRAMMY-winning pop vocal group, “The Fifth Dimension”. He left “The Fifth” in 1970, and re-located to Toronto. For the next fifteen years, he played an
abundance of jazz in all styles, often working with international jazz figures such as Frank Rossolino and Lenny Breau. During this time, Clarke also toured extensively with the late jazz guitar legend, Jim Hall and the late piano great, Oscar Peterson.

Terry Clarke is well known as an original member of the world-acclaimed, GRAMMY and JUNO-winning jazz big-band, “Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass”, with which he recorded and toured for twenty-five years. In 1985, Clarke moved to New York City, where he worked and recorded with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilmans, Red Mitchell, Jim Hall and Roger Kellaway.
Terry continues to perform and record with a number of international artists, as well as with an exciting line-up of Canadian musicians, and is also an adjunct music professor at the University of Toronto. Terry Clarke is also a Member of the Order of Canada, and his recording, It’s About Time was the winner of “The Best Traditional Jazz Recording” at the 2010 JUNO Awards.

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