Mike Clark (jazz musician)

Mike Clark
Background information
Birth name Michael Jeffrey Clark
Born (1946-10-03) October 3, 1946
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1950s–present
Labels Tiptoe, Ubiquity, PGI, Buckyball, P-Vine, Owl Studios
Associated acts The Headhunters, Brand X, Stone Tiger
Website www.drummermikeclark.com

Mike Clark (born October 3, 1946) is an American drummer who played in the jazz fusion group The Headhunters, led Herbie Hancock, in the mid-1970s.

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.[1]

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.[2]

Selected discography

Year Artist Title Label
1974 Herbie Hancock Thrust Columbia
1974 Herbie Hancock Death Wish Columbia
1974 Betty Davis They Say I'm Different Just Sunshine
1975 Herbie Hancock Flood Columbia
1975 The Headhunters Survival of the Fittest Arista
1976 Eddie Henderson Heritage Blue Note
1976 Herbie Hancock Man-Child Columbia
1978 The Headhunters Straight From the Gate Arista
1979 Brand X Product Virgin
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
1999 Mike Clark Summertime JazzKey
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 Chester Thompson Mixology Doodlin
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


  1. 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.
  2. Henderson, Alex. "Give the Drummer Some - Mike Clark | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 September 2016.

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