TERRY CLARKE and The Terry Clarke Trio Summer Jazz Fest Tour
(Published: June 18, 2010)
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lesley Mitchell-Clarke & Amanda O'Reilly firstname.lastname@example.org
Multiple Award-winning Drummer and Canadian Jazz Icon
TERRY CLARKE and The Terry Clarke Trio
Featuring Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson
Kick-Off their 2010 Fourteen City
Summer Jazz Festival Tour!
In support of their 2010 JUNO Winning Recording,
IT'S ABOUT TIME
(BlueMusicGroup.com - CD #7023)
Featuring Phil Dwyer, Don Thompson, Jim Hall, Joe Lovano and Greg Osby
"IT'S ABOUT TIME is a remarkable example of group interplay...because the rhythm section is so tight, so capable of musical E.S.P. that the rotating of horns in this live recording is almost seamless...veteran drummer Terry Clarke is the epitome of taste, and one hell of a musical facilitator. Each song is unique unto itself - a kind of stand alone musical universe. Clarke's sprint on Lovano's ‘Feel Free' and the intro to McCoy Tyner's ‘Passion Dance' are examples of composure mingling with fire...Jim Hall is otherworldly. It's as if the group were saying, ‘Come closer, now that we've met.' It's an exquisite gesture...simply an excellent example of what Clarke intends in his own liner notes, ‘good no-holds-barred jazz with good people.'"
--John Ephland, DownBeat Magazine - March, 2010
"A major performer since he joined John Handy's quintet in 1965, Vancouver born drummer Terry Clarke has worked steadily for the past fourty-five years with a who's who of American and Canadian jazz artists...the high-profile guest list for this session - including Joe Lovano and Greg Osby - reflects he drummer's status in the jazz world...Phil Dwyer, one of Canada's top tenor saxophonists, is in top form...a free ballad, ‘Days Gone By' and Dwyer's long and fascinating solo on ‘Flanders Road' are standouts. Hall steals the show with his quiet creativity, unanticipated song quotes and interplay." --Scott Yanow, JAZZIZ - Spring, 2010
JUNE 1, 2010 - TORONTO/NEW YORK CITY - Iconic, multiple award-winning Canadian jazz drummer, Terry Clarke has recorded and performed internationally with the crème de la crème of jazz for over half a century. Finally - he has momentarily stepped away from his beloved sideman status in order to produce his first recording as a leader, IT'S ABOUT TIME (BlueMusicGroup.com), which recently won the 2010 JUNO Award for Best Traditional Jazz Recoding.
For this auspicious debut, Terry chose a title with a distinctive double-entendre and has presented music written and performed by five jazz luminaries with whom he has a long musical and personal history: multi-saxophonist and Blue Note recording artist Joe Lovano, multi-instrumentalist Phil Dwyer, alto saxophonist Greg Osby, legendary guitarist Jim Hall and long-time musical collaborator (and award-winning multi-instrumentalist/arranger/composer) Don Thompson. The Terry Clarke Trio has just kicked off their fourteen city, Cross-Canada, 2010 Summer Jazz Festival Tour with a standing-room-only performance (featuring Greg Osby) at The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Other major Festival destinations include Vancouver, Victoria, Medicine Hat, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, St. John's and Charlottetown.
The material on IT'S ABOUT TIME was co-produced by Clarke and Mika Pohjola of BlueMusicGroup.com and has been culled from three amazing "LIVE" concert events: A January 2000 presentation of JAZZ FM 91's prestigious and long-running "Sounds of Toronto" jazz concert series, as well as two different concerts recorded by the CBC at The Montreal International Jazz Festival of 2000, where Jim Hall appeared in a variety of formats as an honoured guest.
The TERRY CLARKE TRIO - 2010 JAZZ FESTIVAL APPEARANCES TO INCLUDE:
June 12th - Rochester, NY - Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival - www.rochesterjazz.com
June 22nd - Calgary, AB - The Calgary Jazz Festival - "The Beatniq Jazz & Social Club" - www.calgaryjazz.com
June 23rd - Medicine Hat, AB - Medicine Hat Jazz Festival - "Esplanade Studio Theatre" - www.medicinehatjazzfest.c...
June 24th + 25th - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton International Jazz Festival - "The Winspear Centre" & "The Yardbird Suite" - www.edmontonjazz.com - APPEARING ON A DOUBLE BILL WITH CHICK COREA!
June 26th - Victoria, BC - TD Victoria International Jazz Festival - "Hermann's" - www.jazzvictoria.ca
June 27th - Vancouver, BC - TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival - "The Centre" - www.coastaljazz.ca - APPEARING ON A DOUBLE BILL WITH CHICK COREA!
June 29th - Saskatoon, SK - Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival - "The Broadway Theatre" + "The Bassment" - www.saskjazz.com
June 30th - Winnipeg, MB - TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival - www.jazzwinnipeg.com
July 2nd - Toronto, ON - TD Toronto Jazz Festival - "The TRANE Studio" - www.torontojazz.com
July 5th - Montreal, QC - TD Festival International de Jazz de Montreal - "The CBC Stage" - www.montrealjazzfest.com
July 12th - Halifax, NS - TD Halifax Jazz Festival - The Lord Nelson Hotel - www.halifaxjazzfestival.c...
July 13th - St. John's, NL - "The Majestic Theatre" - Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival - www.wreckhousejazzandblue...
September 24th - Charlottetown, PEI - TD PEI Jazz & Blues Festival - www.jazzandblues.ca
September 25th - Port Hope, ON - All Canadian Jazz Festival - www.allcanadianjazz.ca
About Terry Clarke...
International jazz drummer Terry Clarke, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and began displaying his rhythmic aptitude at a very early age. He was twelve years old when he began studying formally with noted drum teacher and author, Jim Blackley. Blackley was, and is to this day, a primary and ongoing figure in Terry's continuing development as a musician.
In 1965, Terry moved to San Francisco to work with the legendary saxophonist John Handy III. He performed with Handy for the next two and a half years, during which time the GRAMMY nominated recording, Live at The Monterey Jazz Festival (Columbia - 1966) was made.
Following the John Handy experience (which included Terry's long-time musical collaborator and friend, Don Thompson), Terry began building his reputation for versatility by joining the world-famous pop vocal group, "The Fifth Dimension". The Grammy-winning group was 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" in 1970, and subsequently re-located to Toronto. For the next fifteen years, he played an abundance of jazz in all styles, and established himself as a major figure in Toronto's then-considerable studio scene. Countless television shows, jingles and recording dates were Terry's mainstay, as well performances in legendary Toronto jazz clubs, "George's Spaghetti House", "Bourbon Street" and "Basin Street" - often working with international jazz figures such as Frank Rossolino and Lenny Breau. During this time, Terry also toured extensively in Japan and Europe with jazz guitar legend Jim Hall and piano great Oscar Peterson.
Terry Clarke is well known as an original member of the world-acclaimed jazz big-band, "Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass". For twenty-five years he recorded and toured with the ensemble, helping to define its remarkable and dynamic signature sound. In 1985, looking for greater musical challenges, Terry moved to New York City to pursue an exclusively jazz-oriented career. During his tenure there, he worked and recorded with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilemans, Ann Hampton Callaway, Red Mitchell, Marvin Stamm, Jim Hall, Bill Mays, Roger Kellaway and the late Joe Roccisano (to name just a few).
Having recorded over 400 albums with various jazz artists, Terry Clarke is a familiar face at jazz festivals, concert halls and venues throughout the world. In August of 1999, after fifteen productive years in New York, he returned to Toronto with his wife Lesley, and their two young sons, Kristopher and Kyle. In October of that same year, Terry re-united with Rob McConnell, and joined "The Rob McConnell Tentet" - an exciting ensemble that is fueled by talented musicians and the brilliant writing of valve trombonist, McConnell.
The "Tentet" received a GRAMMY nomination, as well as a JUNO award for their self-titled debut CD, has consistently garnered rave reviews and awards for their subsequent recordings on the Justin Time label. Terry Clarke's most recent release is BICK'S BAG (Triplet Records), featuring the trio of Bill Mays, Neil Swainson and Terry Clarke. The well-received recording is a tribute to Canadian jazz guitar legend Ed Bickert.
Terry Clarke continues to perform and record with a number of international artists, such as Nancy Wilson, Bill Mays, Renee Rosnes, Jim Hall and Helen Merrill, as well as with an exciting line-up of Canadian musicians such as David Braid, Jake Langley, Don Thompson, Nancy Walker, Neil Swainson and David Occhipinti. Terry is also an enthusiastic jazz educator and for the past eight years has been a member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and for eight consecutive years (2002-2009) he has been honoured as "Drummer of the Year" at the annual National Jazz Awards. Terry Clarke is also extremely proud to have been recently named as a Member of the Order of Canada, - Canada's highest civilian honour.
IT'S ABOUT TIME was recorded January 15th , 2000 at The Ontario Science Centre - Produced by Ted O'Reilly and Engineered by William Van Ree for JAZZ FM 91 - and July 6th and 8th, 2000 at The Montreal International Jazz Festival - Recorded by CBC/Radio Canada
Co-Produced by Terry Clarke and Mika Pohjola for BlueMusicGroup.com
Mixed and Mastered by Mika Pohjola
Cover Art and Poster Design by Petr Cancura
Additional Photos by Bill King, Carolyn A. McKeone and William E. Clarke
Joe Lovano appears courtesy of Blue Note Records
IT'S ABOUT TIME is dedicated to memory of the late, great Gordon "Whitey" Mitchell
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