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Date Of BirthJune 30, 1951
DiedSeptember 19, 2004, Barton-under-Needwood, United Kingdom
FactHe is a brilliant player on both acoustic and electric basses.

Stanley Clarke is an American jazz musician and composer known for his work as a bassist with some of the most famous jazz, rock and pop musicians of the last 50 years. He was born on June 30, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a jazz saxophonist and a gospel singer. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was four years old, and it was there that he began playing the bass guitar at the age of 13. He soon began sitting in with local jazz bands, and by the time he was 18 he was touring with the likes of Horace Silver and Art Blakey. In 1971 he joined the jazz-fusion band Return to Forever, which also featured Chick Corea, Stanley’s close friend and musical collaborator for many years.

The group’s self-titled debut album was released that year to critical acclaim, and they went on to release a string of successful albums over the next few years. In the late 1970s Clarke began working on solo projects, and his debut solo album, Stanley Clarke, was released in 1974. He has since released over 20 albums as a solo artist, and his work has earned him four Grammy Awards. He has also composed music for film and television, including the score for the 1984 film The Cotton Club.

Clarke’s distinctive playing style has made him one of the most sought-after bassists in the music industry, and he has worked with a wide range of artists including Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. He is also a highly respected educator, and has taught at the Berklee College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Clarke currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. ..

General Info

Full NameStanley Clarke
Date Of BirthJune 30, 1951
DiedSeptember 19, 2004, Barton-under-Needwood, United Kingdom
ProfessionFilm Score Composer, Bassist, Songwriter, Sweet Baby, Quiet Afternoon, Lopsy Lu
EducationUniversity of the Arts, Children of Forever, Unexpected Days, Bass Folk Song


AwardsGrammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album, Sweet Baby, Quiet Afternoon, Lopsy Lu
Music GroupsReturn to Forever, SMV, Animal Logic, Sweet Baby, Quiet Afternoon, Lopsy Lu
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music, Grammy Award for Best R&...
MoviesNight School: An Evening with Stanley Clarke & Friends, Chick Corea: A Very Special Concert, Wayne Shorter: Live at Montreux 1996

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1He is a brilliant player on both acoustic and electric basses.
2He was a musical influence on the British band, Level 42.
3Was a member of Chick Corea's band, "Return to Forever", in the 1970s.
4Jazz musician




Barbershop: The Next Cut2016
The Best Man Holiday2013
Soul Men2008
First Sunday2008
Lincoln Heights2007TV Series 13 episodes
Like Mike 2: Streetball2006Video
Roll Bounce2005
Into the Sun2005
Meet Bob Shaye2004Video documentary short
Soul Food2000-2004TV Series 61 episodes
Static Shock2000-2004TV Series 7 episodes
Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle2003TV Movie
The Big Time2002TV Movie
The Transporter2002
Undercover Brother2002
Little John2002TV Movie
The Red Sneakers2002TV Movie
Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man2001TV Movie
Romeo Must Die2000
The Color of Friendship2000TV Movie
The Loretta Claiborne Story2000TV Movie
If You Believe1999TV Movie
The Best Man1999
Rocky Marciano1999TV Movie
Funny Valentines1999
Down in the Delta1998
On the Line1997TV Movie
Dangerous Ground1997
Waynehead1996-1997TV Series 3 episodes
History Told on Walls1997Documentary short
The Cherokee Kid1996TV Movie
The Road to Galveston1996TV Movie
Maryanne e gli altri1995Documentary short
The Show1995Documentary
Higher Learning1995
Bleeding Hearts1994
Little Big League1994
Royce1994TV Movie
Boy Meets Girl1993TV Movie
A Cool Like That Christmas1993TV Movie
Poetic Justice1993
What's Love Got to Do with It1993
Watch It1993
Relentless: Mind of a Killer1993TV Movie
Passenger 571992
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story1992TV Movie
Human Target1992TV Series 1 episode
Love Kills1991TV Movie
Cool as Ice1991
Boyz n the Hood1991
The Five Heartbeats1991
Prison Stories: Women on the Inside1991TV Movie segment "2"
Moe's World1990TV Movie
Tales from the Whoop: Hot Rod Brown Class Clown1990TV Movie
The Kid Who Loved Christmas1990TV Movie
Hammer, Slammer, & Slade1990TV Movie
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson1990TV Movie
Hull High1990TV Series 3 episodes
Book of Love1990
Tales from the Crypt1990TV Series 1 episode
Dangerous Pursuit1990TV Movie
Blue Bayou1990TV Movie
Out on the Edge1989TV Movie
A Man Called Hawk1989TV Series 5 episodes
Knightwatch1988TV Series 1 episode
Pee-wee's Playhouse1987TV Series 1 episode
CBS Summer Playhouse1987TV Series 1 episode

Music Department

The Best Man Holiday2013conductor
Freelancers2012composer: additional music
The Transporter2002conductor / orchestrator
Undercover Brother2002additional orchestrator
Romeo Must Die2000conductor
The Best Man1999musician: bass
Little Big League1994additional music producer / music producer: orchestral music / orchestrator
Passenger 571992orchestrator
Perfect Crimes1991TV Movie composer: additional music
A Man Called Hawk1989TV Series composer - 5 episodes
Tap1989composer: additional music


The 55th Annual Grammy Awards2013TV Special performer: "Take Five"
Undisputed2002writer: "Monroe Solitary", "In Here", "Leave the Iceman", "If U Wanna Know"
Undercover Brother2002music: "The Theme from Undercover Brother" / producer: "The Theme from Undercover Brother"
The Best Man1999performer: "Wedding Bells"
Down in the Delta1998music: "Family" / writer: "Family"
Sprung1997music: "Love in the Afternoon", "We Are Love" / performer: "Slippery When Wet", "I Want Your Love" / producer: "Love in the Afternoon", "We Are Love", "Slippery When Wet", "I Want Your Love" / writer: "I Want Your Love" - as S. Clarke
Eddie1996performer: "SKILLS" / producer: "SKILLS" / writer: "SKILLS"
Little Big League1994performer: "WIPEOUT", "WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE"
Cool as Ice1991performer: "Clarinet Polka"
Tap1989performer: "Max's Theme" Instrumental / writer: "Max's Theme" Instrumental


Isom Dartproducer announced
Daños del amor2006Short executive producer


Marcus2015Video documentaryHimself
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Return to Forever: Inside the Music2012DocumentaryHimself
Legends of Bass2012ShortHimself
Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story2011DocumentaryHimself
Night School: An Evening with Stanley Clarke and Friends2007VideoHimself
Marcus Miller: Master of All Trades2006Himself
The Music Makers2005TV Series documentary
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieHimself - Performer
American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special1992TV MovieHimself
Leyendas de la guitarra1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1990TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1989TV MovieHimself
Barry Manilow: Big Fun on Swing Street1988TV MovieHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1987TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration1985TV SpecialHimself
Chick Corea: A Very Special Concert1982TV Special
Nancy Wilson: A Very Special Concert1982TV Special
Solid Gold1981TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651980TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Midnight Special1977-1978TV SeriesHimself
Pori Jazz 771978TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The Old Grey Whistle Test1977TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Old Grey Whistle Test1979TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

1992BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsBoyz n the Hood (1991)

Nominated Awards

2015GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Instrumental Composition"Last Train To Sanity" from "Up"
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Jazz AlbumAlbum: "Up"
2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding ScoreThe Best Man Holiday (2013)
2004GrammyGrammy AwardsBest R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme MusicHull High (1990)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme MusicKnightwatch (1988)
1988Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Music Direction and CompositionPee-wee's Playhouse (1986)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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