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Terry Clarke Signs with Blue Music Group

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Grammy nominated and Juno Award winning drummer Terry Clarke signed with Blue Music Group for his release It's About Time featuring Joe Lovano, Jim Hall, Greg Osby, Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson.

Terry Clarke was born on August 20, 1944 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His natural rhythmic aptitude was obvious from an early age, and at the age of twelve, he began studying formally with the noted drum teacher and author Jim Blackley. In 1965, Terry moved to San Francisco to work with John Handy III. He performed with him for the next two and a half years, during which time the Grammy nominated recording, Live at Monterey Jazz Fest (Columbia 1966) was made.

Following the John Handy experience, Terry began building his reputation for versatility by joining the world-famous pop vocal group, The Fifth Dimension. At the time, they were at the height of their popularity, and Terry traveled and performed extensively with them throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Europe. Terry left The Fifth Dimension in 1970, and re-located to Toronto.

For the next fifteen years he played an abundance of jazz in all styles, as well as being in demand in Toronto's considerable studio scene. Countless television shows, jingles and recording dates were Terry's mainstay, as well as touring Japan and Europe with noted jazz guitarist, Jim Hall and piano great, Oscar Peterson. Terry Clarke is well-known as a founding member of the world acclaimed big-band, Rob McConnell's Boss Brass.

For twenty-five years he recorded and toured with the band, helping to define it's remarkable sound. In 1985, Terry moved to New York to pursue an exclusively jazz career. During his stint there, he worked with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, The Joe Roccisano Jazz Orchestra, Jim Hall, Jay Leonhart, Helen Merrill, Marvin Stamm, Bob Mintzer, and Mark Murphy. Terry Clarke has recorded well over 300 albums with various jazz artists including Jim Hall, Oscar Peterson, Rob McConnell, The Singers Unlimited, Frank Rossolino, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabackin, Freddie Hubbard, Jay McShann, Buddy Tate, Emily Remler, John Handy III, Ed Bickert, Helen Merrill and Roger Kellaway. Terry is a familiar face at jazz festivals in Europe, Canada, Japan and the U.S. After fifteen years of living and working in New York City, he moved back to Toronto.

Since 1999, Terry has worked with the Rob McConnell Tentet, an exciting newly formatted group comprised mainly of charter Boss Brass members, and fueled by the brilliant writing of Rob McConnell. This new group has received rave reviews for their “live" performances, as well as a Grammy nomination and a Juno award. In 2002, he was honored as “Drummer of the Year" at the first annual Canadian National Jazz Awards. Terry Clarke has also been recently named as a Member of the prestigious Order of Canada.

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