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Sonny Clark

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Conrad Yeatis "Sonny" Clark was an American jazz pianist who mainly worked in the hard bop idiom. Contents Clark was born and raised in Herminie, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town southeast of {{jny: Pittsburgh}}. At age 12, he moved to Pittsburgh. When visiting an aunt in California at age 20, Clark decided to stay and began working with saxophonist {{m: Wardell Gray = 7187}}. Clark went to {{jny: San Francisco}} with {{m: Oscar Pettiford = 10261}} and after a couple months, was working with clarinetist {{m: Buddy DeFranco = 6196}} in 1953. Clark toured the U.S. and Europe with DeFranco until January 1956, when he joined The Lighthouse All-Stars, led by bassist {{m: Howard Rumsey = 3966}}.

Wishing to return to the east coast, Clark served as accompanist for singer {{m: Dinah Washington = 11174}} in February 1957 in order to relocate to {{jny: New York City}}

Album

Soho Scene ’58 (Jazz Goes Mod)

Label: Rhythm & Blues Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Eddification; Johnny Comes Lately; Ninth Man; Morning Fun; Mirage; Slidin’; Just For The Boys; Milestones; Cubano Chant; Poinciana; The Seventh Son; Blue Minor (edit);

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Clark's birthday today! Conrad Yeatis “Sonny" Clark was an American jazz pianist who mainly worked in the hard bop idiom. Contents Clark was born and raised in Herminie, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town southeast of Pittsburgh. At age 12, he moved to Pittsburgh. When visiting an aunt in California at ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark and Sonny Rollins

Read "Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark and Sonny Rollins" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 739th Episode of Neon Jazz with a collection of classics from Miles Davis (and Birth of the Cool) followed by Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins. Enjoy this wonderful hour of jazz in honor of Valentine's Day! Playlist Miles Davis “Venus De Milo" Birth of the Cool (Capitol Records) 00:00 ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Clark's birthday today! Conrad Yeatis “Sonny" Clark was an American jazz pianist who mainly worked in the hard bop idiom. Contents Clark was born and raised in Herminie, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town southeast of Pittsburgh. At age 12, he moved to Pittsburgh. When visiting an aunt in California at ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrew Nixon, Ed Croft, Joe Goretti: In Congruence

Read "In Congruence" reviewed by Chris May


Every now and again an album comes along by a musician you have never heard of which knocks you sideways and, having done so, picks you up and makes you feel better about the world. Such an album is pianist Andrew Nixon's self-released debut, In Congruence. Nixon, we learn from his website, is ...

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News: Recording

Jazz Trio Nixon, Croft And Goretti Releases Single 'Line For Sonny' Ahead Of Their Debut Album

Jazz Trio Nixon, Croft And Goretti Releases Single 'Line For Sonny' Ahead Of Their Debut Album

Named after the hard-bop pianist Sonny Clark, “Line For Sonny” is an original composition by pianist/composer Andrew Nixon. Joining him are bassist Ed Croft (a three-time recipient of the JazzBuffalo poll for Best Acoustic Upright Bassist and a graduate of SUNY Fredonia and Bowling Green State University) and Joe Goretti (a Berklee College of Music graduate ...

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Article: Live Review

Peter Zak Quartet at Smalls Jazz Club

Read "Peter Zak Quartet at Smalls Jazz Club" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Peter Zak Quartet Smalls Jazz Club jny:New York, NY December 18, 2020 One of a handful of rotating camera angles from Smalls Jazz Club offered a view of Peter Zak's hands on the keyboard of a Yamaha grand. This vantage point spoke volumes about the opening set of Zak's ...

Album

The Complete Recordings

Label: Phono
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD1: Nutville; The Way You Look Tonight; Star Eyes; Minor Move; Everything Happens To Me; Good Old Soul; Up Tight’s Creek; Theme For Doris; Miss Hazel; True Blue; Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You. CD2: Back To The Tracks; Street Singer; The Blues And I; For Heaven’s Sake; The Ruby And The Pearl; Talkin’ About; One For Myrtle; Dhyana; David The King; Stranger In Paradise; The Waiting Game.

Album

Dial "S" for Sonny

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Dial “S” for Sonny; Bootin’ It; It Could Happen to You; Sonny’s Mood; Shoutin’ on a Riff; Love Walked In; Bootin’ It (alternate take).


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