Mike Clark (jazz musician)
|Birth name||Michael Jeffrey Clark|
October 3, 1946|
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Labels||Tiptoe, Ubiquity, PGI, Buckyball, P-Vine, Owl Studios|
|Associated acts||The Headhunters, Brand X, Stone Tiger|
Michael Jeffrey Clark was born in Sacramento, California, on October 3, 1946. When he was five, he began to teach himself how to play the drums. His father, also a drummer, took him to clubs to sit in with the band two years later. In the 1950s, he was a freelance drummer in San Francisco, then studied music in Oakland. He played professionally with Vince Guaraldi, Woody Shaw, Eddie Henderson, and Joe Henderson. Beginning in 1975 he played with Herbie Hancock and Hancock's jazz-funk band The Headhunters. In 1977 he was part of the jazz rock group Brand X. In the early 1980s, he joined guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Percy Jones in the group Stone Tiger.
Clark recorded his first album as a leader in 1989. Give the Drummer Some was an acoustic ensemble comprising saxophonist Ricky Ford, bassist Chip Jackson, pianist Neal Kirkwood, trumpeter Jack Walrath, and guitarist Jack Wilkins.
|1974||Herbie Hancock||Death Wish||Columbia|
|1974||Betty Davis||They Say I'm Different||Just Sunshine|
|1975||The Headhunters||Survival of the Fittest||Arista|
|1976||Eddie Henderson||Heritage||Blue Note|
|1978||The Headhunters||Straight From the Gate||Arista|
|1980||Brand X||Do They Hurt?||Virgin|
|1987||Mike Clark||Give the Drummer Some||Stash|
|1992||Mike Clark & Paul Jackson||The Funk Stops Here||Enja|
|1994||Mike Clark and Friends||Jim Payne's New York Funk||Gramavision|
|1995||Mike Clark||Master Drummers: Volume Three||Ubiquity|
|1998||The Headhunters||Skank It||Hancock|
|2000||Mike Clark||Actual Proof||PGI/Kirtland|
|2001||Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, Marc Wagnon||Conjunction||Buckyball|
|2003||The Headhunters||Evolution Revolution||Basin Street|
|2004||The Mackrosoft||1st Mack to the Moon||Mackrosoft|
|2004||The Mackrosoft||Life Imitates Clouds||Mackrosoft|
|2008||The Headhunters||The Headhunters: Live in Europe|
|2009||Mike Clark||Blueprints of Jazz: Vol. 1||Talking House|
|2009||Mike Clark||Live at the Fox Theater||P-Vine|
|2010||Mike Clark||Carnival of Soul||Owl Studios|
|2011||The Headhunters||Platinum||Owl Studios|
|2013||Mike Clark and Michael Wolff||Wolff & Clark Expedition||Random Act|
|2013||Jeff Berlin||Low Standards||Random Act|
|2013||Tony Adamo||Miles of Blu||Random Act|
|2013||Mike Clark||Round and Round||CD Baby|
|2015||Mike Clark and Michael Wolff||Wolff & Clark Expedition 2||Random Act|
|2015||Mike Clark/Wilbur Krebs/Gaetano Letizia||Froggy and the Toads||Audio & Video Labs|
|2016||Dylan Taylor / Larry Coryell||One In Mind||Miles Records|
- Kennedy, Gary (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 449. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
- Henderson, Alex. "Give the Drummer Some - Mike Clark | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
- Official Site
- Drummerworld article on Mike Clark
- 2012 Audio Interview with Mike Clark from the podcast "I'd Hit That"