Terry Clarke (drummer)

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A post-bop drummer, Mr Clarke (not to be confused with Clark Terry) has an extensive career as a sideman.

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Terence Michael "Terry" Clarke C.M. (born August 20, 1944, Vancouver) is a Canadian jazz drummer.

Clarke studied percussion with Jim Blackley and played with Chris Gage and Dave Robbins early in his career. From 1965 to 1967 he toured in a quintet with John Handy, and joined The Fifth Dimension in 1967, remaining with the ensemble until 1969.

In 1970, he moved to Toronto, where he began a longstanding association with Rob McConnell's group, Boss Brass; he also played with Ed Bickert, Ruby Braff, Jim Galloway, Sonny Greenwich, Jay McShann, Emily Remler, and Frank Rosolino. In 1976, he toured with Jim Hall for the first time and in 1981 did an international tour with Oscar Peterson.

He relocated to New York City in 1985, where he played or recorded with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Eddie Daniels, Oliver Jones, Roger Kellaway, Helen Merrill, Ken Peplowski, and Joe Roccisano, among others. He played with the Free Trade ensemble in 1994, a quintet composed of Clarke, Ralph Bowen, Neil Swainson, Renee Rosnes, and Peter Leitch.

Clarke returned to Toronto in 1999, where he joined The Rob McConnell Tentet. Clarke's 2009 debut album It's About Time won a Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year.

Clarke was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2002.

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1979Ruby Braff with the Ed Bickert TrioRuby Braff with The Ed Bickert Trio featuring Don Thompson and Terry Clarke1
play the music of Duke EllingtonGary Burton, Jay Leonhart, Terry Clarke & Joe Beck1

Album + Compilation

1999The Canadian SessionsRuby Braff With Gene DiNovi, The Ed Bickert Trio With Don Thompson & Terry Clarke1

Album + Live

2004Bick's BagBill Mays, Neil Swainson, Terry Clarke1

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