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Mike Clark


Mike will hold a session on the Education Stage at 4pm on Saturday 11th November in association with Innovative Percussion, DW and Istanbul Agop.

Innovative Percussion     Istanbul Agop     DW

“He’s a great jazz drummer—and he hasn’t lost any of the stuff that 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

While often referred to as the “Tony Williams of funk,” Mike Clark considers jazz his first love.  He 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.

From age 4, he was a prodigy, sitting in--and getting “house” with bands in Texas and New Orleans, and by the time he reached his early twenties he was known as one of the founders of the distinctive East Bay Sound coming out of Oakland, California.

Mike has performed with many well-known jazz greats from Chet Baker to Oscar Brown Jr. Along with James Brown's drummer Clyde Stubblefield, Mike's beats with The Headhunters include some of the most sampled in hip hop. He is a popular and busy clinician, and as a bandleader has had many top jazz releases.

Opening Times

Saturday 11 Nov, 2017
10:00 - 18:00

Sunday 12 Nov, 2017
10:00 - 18:00
Level 2 closes at 17:00 on Sunday 


Show Info

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