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Take Five With Joan Clarke

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Meet Joan Clarke: A sensational smooth jazz artist. Her sound is jazzical, joyful, jewelous with a touch of sweetness melodiousness inspired sound that's recreated and comparable to that of the late Phyllis Hyman.

Her stage performance is silky and smooth. Her voice is sexy and soothing and unforgettable, South Florida at it's best!

Instrument(s): Keyboard, drums, guitar, alto sax, muted trumpet/flugelhorn, voice.

Teachers and/or influences? A family background filled with musical talents. Phyllis Hyman, Rochelle Ferrell, Billie Holiday.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I was younger I had private piano lessons, however I was largely self-taught. I was a musician in the church, director of the choirs. It was the love of mt life!

Your sound and approach to music: To express myself with a sound that touches hearts and minds.

Your teaching approach: Good, Better, Best; never stop until your good becomes your better and the better that you do becomes your very best!

Your dream band: Is to have a great orchestra that's comprised of all instruments.

Anecdote from the road: Jazz on the Beach in South Florida.

Favorite venue: I enjoy performing in jazz clubs.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why? My next CD release, which will be a tribute to Phyllis Hyman, at this time unreleased.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? The love for music, I appreciate the sound of music and where it takes me through the universe, communicating with sound.

Did you know... I studied jazz piano and voice in college.

How do you use the internet to help your career? It is becoming one of the best ways to communicate and share your music. I can be found throughout the world because of the internet.

CDs you are listening to now: Phyllis Hyman, Howard Hewett, Rochelle Ferrell, Jill Scott.

Desert Island picks: I'm still checking it out.

How would you describe the state of jazz today? The state of jazz has changed drastically since the mass migration of many American families. We need listeners and lovers of jazz to show more of a love for it. Jazz truly cultivates our mind, body and soul.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Researching other jazz artists past and present.

What is in the near future? Touring jazz clubs and jazz festivals; new recording (A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman), tour the United Kingdom.

By Day: Dean/Teacher in education.

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