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The Stanley Clarke Band

Thu, Aug 20 -
Sun, Aug 23, 2015




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The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes Grammy-winning bassist Stanley Clarke and his band for four nights and six shows touring in support of their latest release UP. Band members are Beka Gochiashvili (piano), Mike Mitchell (drums) and Cameron Graves (keys). Show times Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, and Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm all nights.

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The man. The myth. The legend. Liberator of the electric and acoustic basses!

With over 40 albums, four-time Grammy® Award-winner Stanley Clarke has attained “living legend” status. Born in Philadelphia, Clarke has been a constant force of nature in American music since the early 1970s with the success of the jazz-fusion group Return To Forever. During his 45+ year career, he has collaborated with Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, The Police, Herbie Hancock and many more. Doubling on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity, Clarke was the first jazz-fusion bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide. Known for his intense dexterity and consummate musicality, Clarke is a true pioneer in jazz and jazz-fusion. Additionally, his creativity has been recognized and rewarded in every way imaginable: gold and platinum records, Grammy® Awards, Emmy® nominations, a BMI Award, and virtually every reader’s and critic’s poll in existence. He was Rolling Stone’s very first Jazzman of the year.

Clarke’s newest recording, The Stanley Clarke Band: UP, was released last fall. This is a follow up to his previous Grammy award-winning Stanley Clarke Band CD as 2011’s Best Contemporary Jazz Album. He considers UP to be the most energetic, fun, rhythmic and upbeat album that he has ever done, and with all of those other albums under his belt, that’s saying quite a lot. Clarke’s signature bass virtuosity and amazing technical acumen is present throughout, but the enjoyment he had in making this album is also apparent. Unlike his predominant acoustic bass work on the last few albums, UP is almost equal electric and acoustic bass. Entirely produced by Clarke, he is extremely proud of the quality of digital sound achieved as well as how the album as a whole is thoughtfully paced.

“My aim here was to make a record with my friends. Every single recording session was nothing but fun. The environment I established allowed me to be much less bothered by outside elements,” says Clarke. “Surrounding myself with people I enjoy being with made the sessions effortless. Everyone came prepared and ready to play. All were great musicians and we played together naturally. They came to the studio to give everything they had. I can truly say it was a process that I am grateful to have experienced.”

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