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Join us for an hour celebrating the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, with selections from some of this year's featured artists, including Kellylee Evans, Oliver Jones, and a feature live recording with world famous jazz drummer Terry Clarke and his trio, plus some Top Tens from comedy columnist Dawn Dumont.



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 Steet" 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 it's 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 300 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, new 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 three years has been a member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and for four consecutive years (2002-2005), 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.


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