Stanley Clarke Band
Thu, Aug 15-Sun, Aug 18Doors open at 5:30 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes Grammy-winning bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke with his band for four nights. Band members are Stanley Clarke (bass), Mehesh Balasooriya (piano) and Michael Mithcell (drums). Show times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open 5:30pm.
Acclaimed by critics and music fans alike, Grammy winner Stanley Clarke has won countless awards, including being named Best Electric Bassist in Downbeat’s 2012 Reader’s Poll. Last year, Stanley was honored at the Montreal Jazz Festival with the 18th prestigious Miles Davis Award. The award is presented to tribute a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and for that musician’s influence in regenerating the jazz idiom. An added privilege of the award is hosting a four-night Invitation Series of the artist’s choice. Stanley says of the occasion, “In addition to being honored with the Miles Davis Award last year, I was even more surprised that I was invited to come up with four shows that I could pretty much put together as I wanted. Of course, I would have loved ten shows. I went crazy with ideas.” The series of four concerts included guest performances with pianist Hiromi, The Harlem String Quartet, SMV with Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten and the Stanley Clarke Band with drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr., keyboardist Ruslan Sirota, with Zach Brock joining them on violin.
In the 1970s, Stanley Clarke became the first bassist in history to headline tours and have his albums certified gold. The word “legend” was used to describe Stanley by the time he was 25 years old. By this tender young age, Stanley was already a celebrated pioneer in fusion jazz music who had played with famous bandleaders such as: Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Saunders, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, and a budding young pianist composer named Chick Corea. He was also the first bassist in history to double on acoustic and electric bass with equal virtuosity, power, and fire. He had also invented two new instruments: the piccolo bass and the tenor bass. Whether on acoustic bass viola, electric bass guitar, tenor bass, piccolo bass, acoustic bass guitar, electric upright, or any of the hundreds of axes in his arsenal, Stanley’s musicality and command of these instruments clearly define him as the greatest living bass virtuoso in the world, second to none, hands down, end of discussion.
At an early age, Clarke recognized the opportunity to propel the bass into a viable melodic soloist role and was uniquely qualified to do just that. The opportunity to state melody and to propel the bass to the front of the concert stage came to fruition when Clarke and Corea formed the seminal electric jazz/fusion band Return to Forever. Clarke surmised, “We really didn’t realize how much of an impact we were having on people at the time.” The band recorded eight albums, two of which were certified gold, and one that won a Grammy award. In 1976, Stanley released School Days, of which the title track is now a bona fide bass anthem.
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