Mike Clark

Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock’s “Actual Proof” garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers. While Mike digs the funk, he consider jazz his first love, and playing that music is what he says feeds his soul.

Besides Herbie Hancock, Mike has performed and recorded with such well-known jazz greats as Christian McBride, Chet Baker, John Scofield, Nicholas Payton, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Donald Harrison, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Vince Guaraldi, Woody Shaw, Albert King, Larry Coryell, Mike Wolff, Wallace Roney, Billy Childs, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chris Potter, Bobby McFerrin, Nat Adderly, Oscar Brown Jr., and Gil Evans and his Orchestra.

Born in Sacramento, CA, Mike traveled around the country with his father, a union man for the railroad, and a former drummer himself. His dad had a great appreciation for jazz and blues music, and Mike credits this exposure as forming the foundation for his ability to synthesize many different regional styles. He absorbed the music of America while riding the rails. From age 4, he was a prodigy, sitting in—and getting “house” —- with bands in Texas and New Orleans. By the time he reached his early twenties, he had become one of the founders of the distinctive East Bay Sound coming out of Oakland, California.

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”He's a great jazz drummer —- and he hasn't lost any of the stuff hat he brought from Oakland. So now he's totally free to do both, and he does. The solo he played on the album Thrust, on the song “Actual Proof” is one of the best drum solos on any of my albums. So many people have remarked about that solo, saying, “Incredible”

-Herbie Hancock

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Mike Drop

Sunnyside Records
2021

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Freedom Jazz Dance

Jazz Avenue 1
2021

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Live at Vitellos

Sunnyside Records
2021

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Wolff Clark Dorsey...

Jazz Avenue 1 Records
2020

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Shuffle and Deal

Smoke Sessions Records
2020

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