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Brendan Clarke

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Brendan Clarke is an Australian jazz bassist who was born in Brisbane and raised in Canberra where he studied jazz bass at the Canberra School of Music. Since relocating to Sydney in 1999 he has become one of the busiest double bassists on the jazz scene and is known for his sublime sense of swing, commanding sound, groove and musicality on the bass. In 2001 Brendan was the first bass player ever to win the prestigious National Jazz Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Since then Brendan has played bass on over 40 albums and has appeared at all the major Australian jazz festivals including the Manly Jazz Festival, Thredbo Jazz Festival, Wangaratta festival of Jazz and Blues, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Dubbo Jazz Festival, Freemantle Jazz festival, Glenelg Jazz Festival and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Album

Death of Expertise

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Death of Expertise; 2. They’re Everywhere; 3. Find Three Things to Be Grateful for; 4. Love Makes Us Who We Are; 5. A Mind Is a Terrible Thing; 6. Back in the Day; 7. Doreen; 8. Love Always Wins; 9. To Find Things Out; 10. We Click; 11. Losers Are People Too; 12. Giving Up Is Not an Option; 13. We’re Up We’re Down; 14. The Music Plays Again.

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News: Recording

Vocalist/Songwriter Bruce Brown Weaves Witty Narratives Over Soulful Jazz On 'Death Of Expertise'

Vocalist/Songwriter Bruce Brown Weaves Witty Narratives Over Soulful Jazz On 'Death Of Expertise'

When Bruce Brown lived in Los Angeles, he enjoyed a whirlwind of what he calls “live furniture background gigs,” countless casuals, and hipper engagements, like singing and playing piano in the lobby of the L.A. Biltmore Hotel. While doing this, he decided to take a leap of faith and pursue his longtime dream of songwriting full ...

Album

Stretch

Label: La Brava Music
Released: 2013

Album

Stay Right With It

Label: La Brava Music
Released: 2004
Track listing: United Blues, Emily, I Thought About You, Three Little Words, I'll String Along With You, Get Out of Town, 50-21, Sweet Lorraine, Angel Face, Stay Right With It.

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Article: Album Review

Brendan Clarke: Stay Right With It

Read "Stay Right With It" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Brendan Clarke is a young Australian bassist and leads this piano trio through a well chosen set list of standards and fairly obscure jazz standards. I've always suggested in my reviews that in lieu of playing a bunch of original songs, musicians should go for the compositions of well-received jazz masters. Along with the six standards ...


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