Basic Background Info
Mike Clark is widely regarded as one of America's foremost jazz and funk drummers. Playing with Herbie Hancock in the early 1970s, Mike Clark gained an international cult following with his crisp and forceful drumming, notably on the Herbie Hancock album, Thrust, released in 1974.
In addition to Herbie Hancock, Mike Clark has performed with such jazz greats as Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Billy Childs, James Genus, Bob Hurst, Chris Potter, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Dave Liebman, Nat Adderly, Oscar Brown Jr., Bill Doggett, Mose Allison, Maxine Brown, Gil Evans and his orchestra, and spent a brief time with Brand X, the much lauded British fusion band started by Phil Collins. Mike Clark has performed at all the major jazz venues and festivals throughout the world.
A popular and busy national clinician, Mike Clark is a former faculty member of Drummers Collective and has been featured in many magazines including Downbeat, Musician, International Musician & Recording World, Modern Drummer, Jazz Times, Guitar Player, Jazz Is, and numerous jazz history and method books.
Mike Clark has accumulated many recording credits that include albums with Herbie Hancock, the Headhunters, Brand X, Eddie Henderson, Jack Wilkins, Mark Puricelli, Mike Wolff, and Alien Army, a group led by guitar legend Jack Wilkins. In 2001, Mike's solo CD Actual Proof received critical praise, as did his 2003 acoustic jazz release, Summertime, featuring Chris Potter and Billy Childs; the album spent several weeks in the top ten jazz charts.
Mike Clark's touring band, Prescription Renewal, which jumped on the scene in the winter of 2000, excited audiences nationwide with an eclectic group of cross generational multi-talents such as Charlie Hunter, Fred Wesley, Skerik, Robert Walter, and DJ Logic, and always featured esteemed special guests including Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident, George Porter Jr. of Funky Meters' fame, Les Claypool of Primus, Will Bernard, Larry Goldings, and fellow Headhunters alumni Bill Summers, and became a hit on the flourishing young jam band scene. Mike Clark toured in 2000 and 2001 with the Roots Funk All Stars, a collaboration that brought together Mike with James Brown trombonist Fred Wesley, former Headhunter associate and funk bassist legend Paul Jackson, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Robben Ford. In 2004 Mike Clark teamed up for a series of performances with fellow drumming legend Lenny White and formed the two-drummer powerhouse band New Brew, which featured music inspired by Bitches Brew, the landmark Miles Davis' recording.
Mike Clark is currently keeping busy touring with his own Prescription Organ Trio / Duo, featuring Jerry Z. The band does clinics and plays clubs and concerts across the nation. He's also a regular in pianist Mike Wolf's band, Impure Thoughts, and continues to participate in Headhunters projects around the world. Mike Clark recently attended the annual PASIC convention in Austin, Texas, where he performed with fellow drummer Jim Payne to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd. Mike spent 2007 touring Europe, South America, South Africa, and Russia.
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